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Daily Friar 4.9.13 

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Opening Day for the Padres at Petco Park is finally here! It is never an easy thing to have to start a season on the road in front of enemy crowds in hopes to pick up a win. This is especially true when it is this early in the season since most fans are geared up for a new season and are at their peak cheering performance. Hopefully that will be the case today as the Dodgers come into town bringing their fans with them. If you watched any of the Mets and Rockies games this past week you will notice that the stadiums were filled with Mets and Rockies fans with the occasional sprinkling of Padres fans. This is how it should be at a home game, the home fans should out number the visitors all the time. Unfortunately for San Diego, Los Angeles is very close and Dodger fans come down in droves. So while it is technically a home opener for the Padres, it could very well feel like home for the Dodgers. The only thing that you can do as Padre fans is cheer louder than the Dodger fans. Get loud and stay proud about the team that you are rooting for. The articles below are set to gear you up for today so enjoy those and GO PADRES!
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Padres ready for home opener at redesigned Petco – Padres.com

“The Dodgers are heading down the San Diego Freeway to start a familiar National League West showdown against the Padres at Petco Park, and when the teams get ready to play in Tuesday’s 3:40 p.m. PT series opener, they’ll have similar goals in mind.”

Why the Padres will beat the Dodgers – Union Tribune

“With Magic Johnson smiling his way into town, now’s the time to point out his old team pressed reset, multiple times, on its ongoing campaign … and look where it got those scrappy Lakers, ever so close to capturing an elusive playoff spot in the West. What’s to stop the Padres from doing the same?”

Padres to break in new fences starting Tuesday – CBS Sports

“While Petco is expected to remain a pitchers’ park, the Padres hope that players who crush a ball end up with a homer rather than a frustrating long out, the kind that have left sluggers angst-ridden since the downtown ballyard opened in 2004.”

Padres home opener to celebrate baseball in San Diego – Scoop San Diego

“All fans in attendance will receive a Padres Opening Day T-Shirt, presented by Sycuan. In addition, the first 25,000 fans through the gates will receive a 2013 Padres schedule cling and SD decal, presented by Aladdin Bail Bonds. Left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard is set to take the mound before a sellout crowd.”

What’s wrong with the Padres? – Gaslamp Ball

“But now here we are and when we start out the season hard, it’s tough to even get angry considering how pathetic it is.”

Padres come home – Chicken Friars

“The Padres need to collect themselves, and play to the park they know.  Tough start to the season, but here’s to hoping that the Padres can find that spark to turn it around.”

Don’t panic, it’s Opening Day! – Brandon Cline of The Friarhood

“First of all panicking leads to heightened stress, sleepless nights, weight gain, dependence on substances, and if it gets really bad, trips to the hospital.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-8-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“The Tucson Padres routed the Salt Lake Bees 14-3 in a 5 inning game. Jaff Decker went yard while almost every member of the lineup contributed.”

Opening Day Pre-Game Events – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“Join the congregation as we head to The Local downtown from 1-3 for our annual pre-game Opening Day celebration.  $4 Dos XX Lager and Amber, $1 Off Local Drafts (with Friarhood card).  I will have your Friarhood membership cards in hand!”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.