Padres packed with Opening Day newcomers

Padres packed with Opening Day newcomers

SAN DIEGO -- Six Padres played made their first appearance on a Major League Opening Day roster on Thursday and just about all of them are players in their mid 20s who are trying to remain at the Major League level.

Jesus Guzman, the Padres' 27-year-old left fielder, was trying his best to take in the scene at Petco Park before San Diego faced the Dodgers.

"Oh man, this is quite a feeling. Everyone here is really excited," said Guzman, who is with his third organization and entering his 10th professional season. "It's been a long time."

The other Padres who made their first Opening Day roster include pitchers Anthony Bass, 24; Brad Brach, 25; and infielders Yonder Alonso, 24; Andy Parrino, 26; and Logan Forsythe, 25. Forsythe was on the disabled list and wasn't at Petco Park on Thursday.