The Padres return home on Labor Day for the 11th homestand of the season, featuring three games against the San Francisco Giants followed by a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Highlights of the homestand include the welcoming of recent Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Ty Carter to Petco Park, as well as the second Beerfest event of the season, and a celebration of the U.S. Champion Eastlake All-Stars Little League team.
Home action begins today, with a 12:40 p.m. start against the Giants. Bring your appetite, because today marks $1 Hot Dog Day, with hot dogs being sold for $1 at fixed concessions stands around the ballpark.
Prior to the game, the Padres will honor Stand Up To Cancer, the Padres Foundation's featured homestand charity partner. In partnership with Scripps Health, the Padres Foundation will present SU2C with a $5,000 donation.
Today's Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown by Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter. Last Monday, August 26, Staff Sgt. Carter was awarded the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, by President Obama during a ceremony at the White House. He was bestowed the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while deployed to the Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, in October 2009. He was a cavalry scout assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo., during his first of two deployments to Afghanistan.
Taco Tuesday returns this homestand, featuring $5 Park Passes and $1 pollo asado street tacos sold at 10 locations throughout the ballpark.
Chargers kicker Nick Novak will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch prior to Tuesday's game.
Join us on Friday at Park at the Park for the second Padres Beerfest event of the season, featuring brews from 19 breweries, 15 of them local. One beer or two tastings, priced at $5, will be available for purchase with Friar Funds exclusively. Fans will have the opportunity to buy Friar Funds at multiple locations. First pour is at 5:00 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by DJ Graham Funke. For the first time, fans have the option to pre-purchase a Beerfest package. For $40, fans will receive a limited-edition Padres Beerfest raglan T-Shirt, four Friar Funds and a Right Field Upper Reserved (Budweiser Patio) ticket. For $60 fans will receive the same T-Shirt, four Friar Funds and a Field Reserved ticket. To purchase a package, or for more information, visit www.padres.com/beerfest.
During Friday's pregame ceremony, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will recognize Chris Denorfia, the Padres' team winner of the 2013 Heart and Hustle Award. The Annual Heart and Hustle Award recognizes one player on each Major League team who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The award is a departure from the standard recognition of pure on-field performance and instead recognizes the intangible values of a true team player and leader. Of the 30 winners from each Major League team, one player will be chosen as the final Heart and Hustle Award recipient, as voted on by the more than 6,000 members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
The first 25,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Padres Luchador Mask.
Prior to Saturday's game, the Padres will celebrate the accomplishments of the U.S. Champion Eastlake All-Star Little League team, which just returned from Williamsport, Penn., after finishing in second place at the Little League World Series. The Padres are proud to host players, coaches and families from Eastlake All-Stars at Saturday's game. In addition to recognition during the pregame ceremony, the players will have the opportunity to meet Padres players and take batting practice on the Major League field.
The homestand wraps up Sunday with CA National Guard Appreciation Day, presented by USAA. As part of the pregame ceremony, a number of CA National Guard recruits will take the Oath of Enlistment on the field. The National Anthem will be performed by the CA Army National Guard's 40th Infantry Division Brass Band, and American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery will sing God Bless America during the seventh inning break. McCreery will also present a donation to the San Diego Hall of Champions in support of the Padres' Jr. RBI program prior to the game.
KidsFest at the Park returns Sunday, featuring bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists, and more kid-friendly activities. Visit www.padres.com/sunday for more information.
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 event. Membership is free, and kids can sign up online or in-person on the day of the event. Jr. Padres are encouraged to bring cameras.
Also Sunday, Padres third baseman Chase Headley will host a private meet-and-greet for his community program, Headley's Heroes. The hero and their family will receive a full game-day experience, including a batting practice visit, field level tickets, a meet and greet with Headley in the Padres dugout, photo opportunities with various Padres players, a special in-game message, Headley's Heroes merchandise, a framed certificate, transportation to and from stadium, food vouchers and much more.
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. The Padres are proud to offer first responders and military personnel $6 off any ticket priced $14 or higher for all regular season home games. Thanks to our partnership with GovX, discounted tickets are now available for purchase online at www.padres.com/military and www.padres.com/firstresponder, pending verification by GovX.