In the first Padres home weekend series of the recently begun MLB season, the match up was versus a team rarely seen in San Diego; The Detroit Tigers. Since this is a team that rarely visits San Diego, and having never had the chance to try and get autographs from the team before, my friend Lawrence and I decided to attend the game. It was a Friday afternoon, so obviously traffic slowed our plans. We had intended to get to the ballpark as early as possible to try and see who we could get during Tiger's batting practice. We still made it in time to watch BP, but the ballpark was pretty packed. Here is a picture of the chaos;
I, for one, take a little pleasure in the irony in what is being shown on the scoreboard at the time I snapped this photo. The Padres seem to be in an eternal state of injury with key players always missing time. The game itself ended up as a surprise, when Andrew Cashner threw a one hit shutout, the Padres amassed 13(!) hits, and Chase Headley had two clutch hits. Thirteen hits for the Padres is like two or three games worth, and I'm only being slightly facetious. Here is definitive proof that I am not in fact lying;
Immediately after putting this ball away, Torii Hunter walked out with family. I have heard almost nothing but good reports about Torii, and he did not disappoint. He signed for everyone as he walked towards the bridge leading to the team hotel, and struck up conversations with everyone.