Each year the Padres host F A N F E S T prior to heading out for Spring Training. Essentially, it like opening the mansion for one gigantic party. Chad was out of town but Kel & I put on our best Padres gear & joined the celebration:
First stop: Clubhouse Tour
Funny story: Shortly after Kel & I had the above picture taken in the Dugout, I tweeted it out using #SDFanFest. We about died when 5 minutes later when we looked up on the big screen & saw our tweet featured on a scrolling picture show. That pic showed up all day on the big screen & on all TV screens around Petco. Petco famous I suppose!?
Meeting the Friar:
The day is chalked full of great [and all free] activities:
Up close & personal with a few of the players during a forum:
During that forum they acknowledge one of the owners of the Padres - Peter Seidler - who just happened to be sitting a few seats down from us. As the forum ended & he headed out we got to introduce ourselves as huge Padres fans & tell him some of our favorite experiences at Petco. He was nothing but gracious & thanked us so much for our support. Top notch organization!
Lots of autograph signings done in a great & orderly manner.
Keller, like every other elementary schooler these days is WAY into making Rainbow Loom bracelets. He made a bracelet in official Padres colors & gave it to Yasmani Grandal. Yasmani promptly took it & put it right on:
Here's to a great season & us, hopefully filling these seats often: