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San Diego Padres Baseball Tickets

Many of the greatest baseball players to ever pick up a bat or ball called San Diego Stadium home for a stint. The San Diego Padres and their city also lay claim to the most memorable mascots in all of Major League Baseball, making games an experience not to be missed. If you’re looking for a great day at the ballpark, purchase your San Diego Padres tickets today!

A new team
1969 marked the first season of play for the Padres after the MLB allowed a new National League baseball team to form in the seaside city. In fact, San Diego and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the only two major league baseball teams native to California because the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics all began as ball clubs on the East Coast. 

First Baseman Nate Colbert gave Padres fans a lot to cheer during the team’s first few seasons. Colbert set a new major league record by hitting five home runs and 13 hits in a double header game against the Atlanta Braves during the 1972 season. The 13 hits record still stands. 

However, new fans were concerned with news that their baseball team might move to Washington, D.C. after just five years in San Diego. The team eventually stayed put in southern California after McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc bought the team from C. Arnholt Smith, the multimillionaire banker and adviser to President Richard Nixon, also known as “Mr. San Diego” to the city’s leaders. 

Mr. Padre
No Padres player is as revered as Tony Gwynn, also known as Mr. Padre. The right fielder began and ended his entire baseball career with the team, making his major league debut with the Padres in 1982 with two hits in his first game. The slugger would go on to rack up the hits and batting titles for the Padres as the team won its first National League pennant in 1984. However, the ball club would fall by four games to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. 

In 1994, Gwynn became the hitter to come closest to Ted Williams’ RBI record of .406 as right fielder set a team record with a .394 batting average for the season. 

Mascots
The major league team is also home to the most iconic mascots in pro sports. The team mascot is “The Swinging Friar,” a grinning, balding monk who swings bats and gets the fans cheering. The friar also harkens back to San Diego’s history as a mission town. 

While the friar might be the Padres’ official mascot, the ball team and the city also boast a famous sideman, known around the world as the San Diego Chicken. Ted Giannoulas first donned his chicken suit for a promotional stunt in 1974 and later tried to get into a Padres game for free while dressed as the chicken. The gimmick worked and the feathered mascot can be found cheering on teams all over the globe.