San Diego Padres get the fans involved

February 26, 2014 by  

On Saturday, February 8, approximately 17,000 baseball fans got the opportunity to find out what it is like to be on the field instead of in the stands, as the San Diego Padres hosted their annual Fanfest; a day during which fans can meet the players, buy tickets for the games, and purchase gear emblazoned with the team’s logo.

Among other activities, fans were able to run the bases just as the players do, as well as taking a tour of the clubhouse. A hitting clinic and pitching instruction were also on the schedule, as were talks from players, owners, and executives who met with fans to discuss their careers and what it is like to live and work in the major leagues. Josh Johnson, a new addition to the team who will pitch for the Padres, says the day was a way to connect with the fans.

Among other activities was the team’s popular “garage sale”, where fans could buy jerseys and battling helmets actually worn by team members. Proceeds from the sale support the Padres Foundation.

The day was a huge success, so team officials could build on it by working with brochure printers to create a mailer for city residents to describe this year’s festivities and remind them to put next year’s date on the calendar.