The Morning Friar – 2/13/11

SAN DIEGO — Baseball season’s over six weeks away — and summer’s even longer off than that — but it sure didn’t seem that way at Petco Park’s Fanfest on Saturday.

Over 15,000 Padres fans showed up on the warm winter afternoon to explore the baseball stadium, meet players and even buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. The only indication that it wasn’t actually summer was the lack of an actual baseball game.

The San Diego Padres held their Fan Fest at Petco Park on Saturday February 13, 2011. Fans were able to get a pitching lesson from a Padre, sit in the dugout, run the base paths and generally make like their favorite big leaguer.

A record crowd of over 21,000 attended the Padres’ FanFest on Saturday at PETCO Park, an encouraging sign, team president and COO Tom Garfinkel said, that the fan base is optimistic about the 2011 season.

“We’re very happy with the turnout, there’s a lot of enthusiasm about the 2011 Padres,” Garfinkel said. “The best thing for me was the consistent enthusiasm of the fans. There was just a lot of positive energy for this team.”

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