The Pad Squad

8 04 2010

It’s that time of year again—baseball season! April 5th marked the first day of the 2010 season and the Padres are battling it out against Arizona and Colorado this week. You can watch any of the games at Playa Grill this season on one of our 10 flat screens. Come grab a cold one with us and let’s see if this year will finally be a breakthrough for the Pad Squad.

Ever wonder where the Padres got their start? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…

The Padres adopted their name from the Pacific Coast League which came to San Diego in 1936. The minor league franchise won the PCL title in 1937. The team was led by Ted Williams, baseball hall-of-famer, who was only 18 at the time.

They joined the major leagues in 1969 as an expansion team. C. Arnoholt Smith was the original owner of the Padres. He was a distinguished San Diego businessman and former owner of the PCL.

In 1974, the Padres were almost bought by Joseph Danzansky who wanted to move the team to Washington D.C. This created quite a buzz and new Washington uniforms were designed for the Padres in anticipation. C. Arnoholt Smith changed his mind about selling to Danzansky and instead sold to Ray Kroc, co-founder of McDonald’s. Kroc wanted to keep the Padres in San Diego, so here they stayed.

In 1984, the Padres made their first World Series appearance, but did not win. In 1996, Ken Caminiti led the Padres to their first playoff appearance in 12 seasons. He won the NL MVP award later that year.

In 1998, The Padres made their second World Series appearance but again did not win the series.

Finally on April 8th, 2004, after sharing Qualcom Stadium with the Chargers from 1969 to 2003, the Padres played their first game in their beautiful new home–Petco Park in downtown San Diego.

In 2005, the Padres won their fourth division title—National League West Champions. The next year they won their fifth division title.

Who knows what 2010 will hold? San Diego is gearing up to cheer them on this season with new players and new hopes. 2010 could be our year. Go Padres!

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