ST. LOUIS -- In a sea of red Thursday, there was a sliver of blue -- make that a section of blue, as a gathering of Padres fans took in Opening Day at Busch Stadium.
Those fans, all 15 of them, had one thing in common -- they were the family of outfielder rookie Cedric Hunter, who scored a run in the Padres' 5-3 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings.
You can bet that group of family, all who made the trip from Georgia -- Decatur and also Atlanta -- to see Hunter, made plenty of noise when Hunter scored the fifth run as part of a two-run 11th inning.
"I'm glad I have family who support me like they do," said Hunter, a surprise addition to the 25-man roster last week.
Hunter made the team as a fifth outfielder when it became apparent that utilityman Eric Patterson was headed to the disabled list to open the regular season with a strained left hamstring.
Hunter, a third-round Draft pick of the Padres in 2006, made sure his Major League debut was a good one, as he scored from second base on Nick Hundley's single up the middle in the 11th inning.
"It was great, it's what you wait for all your life," Hunter said of his debut. "It feels great to help the team win."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.