Friars make 'awe-inspiring' Pentagon visit

Friars make 'awe-inspiring' Pentagon visit

WASHINGTON -- A group of Padres players and coaches spent Monday morning taking a tour of the Pentagon, where they met with the leadership of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Players who made the trip included John Baker, Luke Gregerson, Clayton Richard and Joe Thatcher, as well as coaches Glenn Hoffman, Dave Roberts and Alonzo Powell.

"It was cool. We had a Marine lead us around, and we got to see some of the most powerful people in our military," Thatcher said. "It's pretty mind-blowing to think about the decisions that have been made there."

The players also met with Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, who is the most senior enlisted member of the Army.

Players and coaches posed for photos at various stops on the tour, including in the press room, where they stood behind the podium and pretended to field questions.

"It was a pretty awe-inspiring trip," Thatcher said.