The Padres return home Monday for the second homestand of the 2013 season, featuring a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, followed by a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. Highlights of the homestand include the first Friday Night Fireworks show of the season presented by Cooper Tires and the launch of the Padres' first responders recognition program.
Home action begins tonight, with a 7:10 p.m. start against the Brewers. Since the team was on the road on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, the Padres will hold their tribute to No. 42 tonight.
On Tuesday, the club will launch its first responders recognition program with the first of six Tuesday home game salutes this season. More than 100 uniformed officers from eight first responder agencies will line the bases for a special pregame ceremony to kick off a season of salutes. Border Patrol, California Highway Patrol, FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, San Diego Harbor Police, San Diego Fire-Rescue, San Diego Lifeguards, San Diego Police and San Diego Sheriff all will be represented on the field. San Diego Police Chief Lansdowne and San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Mainar will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch. Also Tuesday, the Padres Foundation, in partnership with Qualcomm, will present a financial contribution to an organization that supports spouses and children of fallen officers.
Prior to Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. series finale against the Brewers, the Padres will honor the Padres Foundation's featured charity partner this homestand, Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego. As part of the pregame ceremony, the Padres Foundation and SONY will present Boys & Girls Club with a $5,000 donation in support and recognition of its commitment to helping ensure that members achieve academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles.
Before Friday's game, the Padres will honor the Burn Institute and salute local firefighters in a pregame ceremony. There will be a flyover by two San Diego Fire-Rescue helicopters at the conclusion of the National Anthem.
Following Friday's game, fans are invited to stay to enjoy the first spectacular Friday Night Fireworks show of the season presented by Cooper Tires. Celebrating 50 years of The Beatles, the show will be set to a soundtrack of Beatles music.
Saturday is Softball Day at Petco Park. The game will be preceded by a warning track parade of approximately 3,000 local softball players and coaches. Also Saturday, all fans are invited to watch the Wings-N-Things "Battle to the Bone" at Park at the Park. 100 participants will compete in the inaugural atomic wing eating contest prior to the game.
Following Saturday's game, fans are invited to stay to enjoy the show as the Long Haul Bombers return to Petco Park for their annual softball slugfest.
The homestand wraps up Sunday, with U.S. Coast Guard Appreciation Day presented by USAA. Continuing a tradition that began in 2010, the Padres and USAA are proud to honor each branch of the military with dedicated appreciation days throughout the season. During Sunday's pregame ceremony honoring the U.S. Coast Guard, the Padres will recognize Kevin Byrne and Michael Page, who each received a Medal of Operational Merit for the rescue of 2 boaters in Oceanside Harbor.
The Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown by 2012 Active Duty Enlisted Person of the Year for the 11th Coast Guard District Region, Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Shay, a machinery technician assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, based in San Diego. MK2 Mike Dalager of the Aids to Navigation Team San Diego will perform the National Anthem before the game, as well as "God Bless America" during the 7th inning break.
Prior to all Sunday home games, fans with tickets are invited to enjoy Breakfast at the Park. Special breakfast menu items will be offered for purchase at Park at the Park. In addition to seating at the Park at the Park, tables may be set up on the warning track, allowing fans to dine on the Petco Park field. Field seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, barring batting practice. Select gates will open to Season Ticket Holders with reservations at 10:00 a.m. Gates will open to the general public at 10:30 a.m.
From 11:30 a.m. to noon, two Padres players will sign autographs at the Park at the Park for Jr. Padres Sunday Signings. A Jr. Padres membership is required to participate in the signing event. Membership is free, and kids can sign up online or in-person on the day of the event.
Beginning at 11:15 a.m., approximately 6,000 PONY Youth Baseball players and coaches will participate in a parade around the warning track, as part of PONY Youth Baseball Day.
Following Sunday's game, kids in attendance are invited to run the bases on the field at Petco Park. Children can begin lining up following the conclusion of the eighth inning at the top of the Beachers on K Street at Park at the Park. Jr. Padres members can begin lining up near the Park Blvd. gate. They will receive front-of-the-line privileges.
Tickets for all home games can be purchased at the Petco Park box office, online at www.padres.com, by phone at 619.795.5555, at the Padres Store in Tijuana, and new this year, at all Ticketmaster locations.