Padres host Fanfest at Petco Park

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pades fan fest 2014SAN DIEGO – The Padres held their annual Fanfest Saturday at Petco Park, giving fans a chance to meet players, purchase team gear and buy season and single-game tickets.

According to the Padres, over 17 thousand fans showed up for the event.

About two dozen players participated, including new acquisitions Joaquin Benoit and Josh Johnson.

Other players who appeared, were Yonder Alonso, Everth Cabrera, Andrew Cashner, Chris Denorfia, Jedd Gyorko, Nick Hundley, Cameron Maybin, Xavier Nady, Carlos Quentin, Tyson Ross, Tim Stauffer, Huston Street and Will Venable.

Alonso lead a hitting clinic for fans and Ross offered up pitching instruction.

Players, along with owners Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler, executives Mike Dee, Josh Byrnes and A.J. Hinch, manager Bud Black and broadcasters took part in forums discussing their various roles.

All of the proceeds from the annual team garage sale, in which fans were able to purchase game-worn jerseys and batting helmets, were donated towards the Padres Foundation.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., fans who visited the statue of Jerry Coleman were able to record their favorite memories of the team broadcaster, Yankees star and Marine aviator who died last month.

The tributes will be played throughout the upcoming baseball season.

Finalists for the public address announcer’s job were performed throughout the day.

Fans can now vote online for their favorite candidate.

The free event kicked off at 8:30 a.m. for Padres Platinum, Gold and Blue members.

Doors opened to the general public at 10 a.m.

The Padres pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to their Peoria, Arizonia, spring training site Thursday.

The rest of the players are due Feb. 18, with the first full-squad workout set for the next day.

The exhibition schedule opens Feb. 27 against the Seattle Mariners.