Padres FanFest Guide
Padres fans have you been going through withdrawals this off-season? Then get your Padres fix this Saturday at the 2012 Padres’ FanFest presented by Bloomberg Sports.
The annual event held at Petco Park will feature pitching and hitting clinics, an autograph session, and a question and answer forum with several Padres players and front office personnel.
Single-game tickets will officially go on sale this day at the Petco Park box office, online at padres.com, or by phone 619-795-5555 at 7:30 a.m.
Manager Bud Black and shortstop Jason Bartlett will kick things off by signing autographs once the gates open at 10 a.m.
First-base coach Dave Roberts and relief pitcher Luke Gregerson will also sign at that time.
Autograph sessions are scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. with appearances by pitchers Tim Stauffer, Clayton Richard, Joe Thatcher, Andrew Cashner, Cory Luebke, Brad Boxberger, Erik Hamren, Josh Spence, Brad Brach and Huston Street. Position players include Cameron Maybin, Chris Denorfia, Will Venable, third-baseman Chase Headley, catchers John Baker, Nick Hundley, Yasmani Grandal and first basemen Yonder Alonso and Kyle Blanks.
Padres’ fans of the past can get an autograph from 1976 Cy Young winner Randy Jones at 1 p.m. Legendary broadcaster Jerry Coleman will sign at 1:30 p.m., and Padres great Trevor Hoffman is scheduled to sign at 2 p.m.
The hitting clinic will be lead by Headley from 12 to 1p.m while Richard will teach a pitching clinic from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Times and participants for all events are subject to change.
The popular Padres garage sale, which has moved location will sale memorabilia and autograph jerseys to benefit the Padres foundation.
FanFest is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4p.m, but those in desperate need of their Padres fix can pre-register at www.padres.com/fanfest to gain early entry at 9:30 a.m. Fans are encouraged to get to the ball park early to secure their autograph session vouchers, which will be handed out from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Season -ticket holders are automatically pre-registered to win exclusive FanFest experiences like a special autograph session with Hoffman. Early-entry passes for ticket holders will be distributed through e-mail.
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