The Padres joined Major League Baseball in 1969, and immediately ran into trouble on the field. San Diego last at least 95 games in each of the franchise’s first six seasons, with a club-worst 110 losses coming in the Padres’ inaugural season. In 1978 the Padres showed signs of life, posting a winning record for the first time in franchise history. After a pair of .500 seasons in 1982 and 1983, the Padres finally made their first playoff appearance in 1984. Led by outfielder Tony Gwynn, the Padres bested the Chicago Cubs in a decisive Game 5 to play in their first World Series. Unfortunately for San Diego, the team could not overcome the Detroit Tigers, and the season ended in a loss. It wouldn’t be until 1996 that the Padres made a return to the postseason, where they were swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Two years later however, the Padres were back in the playoffs, this time with more success. Gwynn teamed with Greg Vaughn and Kevin Brown to propel San Diego to the World Series again, but again the team would fall short of capturing the title. The Padres’ most recent playoff appearances came in 2005 and 2006, when San Diego was eliminated in the first round back-to-back seasons. The Padres have retired the numbers of five players through the team’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for San Diego Padres baseball tickets.
2016 Padres Season Preview
The San Diego Padres were one of the big spenders in the offseason a year ago, bringing in slugger Matt Kemp, and ace James Shields. Despite the influx of talent, the Padres still struggled to keep up with their in-state rival Giants and Dodgers in the NL West. But the team isn’t dwelling on the struggles, and the 2016 San Diego Padres are confident that they can turn the corner in 2016 and compete for their first division title since 2006. One of the biggest questions that the Padres will have to answer this season, is whether the rest of their rotation behind Shields can put together enough quality innings to keep San Diego’s bullpen from having to pitch long innings. The Padres will feature a powerful offense with Kemp, Melvin Upton, Jon Jay, and youngster Cory Spangenberg. San Diego Padres tickets are typically among the most affordable in the MLB and 2016 shouldn’t be any different.
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San Diego Padres Baseball at Petco Park Address: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, California, 92101
The Padres play their home games at Petco Park, located in San Diego, California. When filled to capacity, Petco holds more than 42,000 screaming fans. Special to Petco are the Palm Plaza and the Tony Gwynn Plaza. In addition to the fan personalized bricks that line the plazas, the Palm Plaza has bricks containing baseball terminology and the Gwynn Plaza has bricks commemorating major moments in star Tony Gwynn’s baseball career. The San Diego Padres dugout is on the Petco Park first base line in front of sections 105-109. Petco Park parking information is covered in our Paders event guide.
Padres vs. Dodgers
It is no secret that for the Padres, a win over the Dodgers means a little bit more than a win over any other team. These two Southern California neighbors have been divisional rivals since the inception of the NL West in 1969. The rivalry reached a high point in 1996 when the Padres swept the Dodgers to finish the season and win the NL West Pennant by one game. That fire was reignited in 2013 with a bench-clearing brawl that represents a rivalry defined by hard fought moments.
Padres vs. Giants
Giants fans attention is often fixed on their rivalry with the Dodgers, or Yankees, but the Padres have made it clear that this is a rivalry. While there have been many great moments in this matchup, it came to a point when the Giants and Padres won 3 of 4 NL West Pennants from 2003-2006. While Petco Park is known for being a friendly place to watch some great baseball, when the Giants come to town, the competition on the field is as tough as anywhere on the west coast.
Padres vs. Rockies
Competition in the NL West is as tough as any other division in baseball. But the Padres and Rockies, both expansion teams in small markets, have achieved great success. The Padres and Rockies have made three World Series appearances between them, and have been in countless hard fought battles for the NL West and NL Wild Card. The two teams were among the best in baseball in the late 2000s, with the Padres winning the division in 2006, and the Rockies winning the NLCS in 2007.
San Diego Padres in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
During their 45+ year history in Major League Baseball, the San Diego Padres have won more than four division titles. The Padres won their first division title in 1984 which is also the same season they earned their first trip to the World Series. The Padres returned to the division in 1998 after also winning the division that season. San Diego will only add to their numbers in the seasons to come.
San Diego Padres Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Padres game?
Monday through Thursday gates open 90 minutes before game time. Gates open 2 hours before games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Where are good places to eat before a Padres game?
San Diego has some great Mexican food. Of the dozens of good options in the area we recommend Las Cuatro Milpas, Albert’s Mexican food, and Ranchos Cocina. If you are looking for barbeque, try Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, Grand Ole BBQ, or Phil’s BBQ. For great vegetarian menus check out Cucina Urbana, Evolution Fast Food, or Veg-N-Out. Bertrand At Mister A’s, Savatore’s Cucina Italiana, and Grant Grill are three fine dining restaurants that will not disappoint. If you want to spend pre-game at a sports bar try Barleymash, Nicky Rottens, or Lost & Found Saloon. Other good places in the area are Table 509 Bar & Kitchen, Searsucker, and Basic.
Where is the best place to park at Petco Park?
There are a few good parking options close to Petco Park. Immediately to the west of the stadium are two surface parking lots in-between 6th and 7th Streets. To the southeast of the stadium on either sides of Imperial Avenue at Park are four other surface parking lots that offer the most available parking in the area. To the north of the stadium just south of J Street is another smaller surface parking lot. Farther to the southeast of the stadium, on the east side of Harbor Drive is the convention center parking area, which is sometimes open for Padres parking. If you plan on parking here make sure to double-check hours and restrictions.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Padres game?
Children below 36 inches tall are allowed to enter Petco Park without a ticket, but must sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game.