Baseball season starts in February, and if you are traveling to San Diego, consider picking up tickets to watch a San Diego Padres game. Okay, so maybe the San Diego Padres have never won a World Series, but they are a solid and enjoyable team to watch.
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2013 San Diego Padres
The 2013 Padres are a relatively young team and include powerhouse hitter Carlos Quentin who San Diegans hope will stay off the disabled list. Pitcher Houston Street is a reliable closer and one of the highest paid players on the team. He performed well in 2012, with 23 saves and a 1.85 ERA. Pitcher Luke Gregerson is another key player, known as a talented set-up man and fill-in closer.
Other players to watch on the San Diego Padres include third baseman Chase Headley who batted .286 in 2012 and gave the Padres 31 homeruns, and Clayton Richard, a starting pitcher who had an impressive 14-14 result in 2012 with a 3.99 ERA.
Lodging Location: The Padres play in Petco Park, an awesome open-roofed stadium couched in downtown San Diego. The city’s Gaslamp District is fill with plenty of great restaurants and lively bars to enjoy before or after a game. The city’s trolley system and other public transportation make it to get downtown without driving.
The San Diego Padres were founded in 1969 and have never left San Diego. They play in the National League Western Division and have won the National League Pennant twice, in 1984 and 1998.
The word “padre” means “father” in Spanish, and the team took its name from the Spanish Franciscan friars who founded San Diego. The team’s mascot is the “Swinging Friar”.
If you happen to watch a home game on Sunday or on Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day, you’ll see the team wearing uniforms that incorporate camouflage in appreciation of the military (which has a large presence in San Diego).
For more information on area lodging, Petco Park or the San Diego Padres or to view their 2013 schedule, visit www.sandiego.padres.mlb.com.
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