The San Diego Padres will wear their 1978 home uniforms for Friday's interleague game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who will be making their first regular-season appearance at Petco Park.
A '70s Night party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Park at the Park, with food and drink specials, entertainment provided by the Disco Pimps and appearances by members of the 1978 Padres—1976 Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, Broderick Perkins, Jerry Turner and Derrel Thomas. Admission to the party is included with a paid ticket to the game.
Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, another member of the 1978 Padres, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The 1978 Padres were the first team in franchise history to finish a season with a winning record.
Friday's game marks the first time since 2000, four years before the opening of Petco Park, that the Angels have played a regular-season game in San Diego. The Padres have an 11-11 record against the Angels in interleague play, which began in 1997.
Sandy Sibley of Pacific Beach will be recognized on the field before the game as the Padres' winner in Major League Baseball's Honorary Bat Girl program, which recognizes fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to fighting the disease.
Sibley, a first-grade teacher at Birdrock Elementary School, was nominated by her son, Scott, who detailed in his essay the day 11 years ago when he found out she had breast cancer.
“I was in junior high school, and there was no way to properly comprehend the thought of losing the person who had always been both a rock in my life and the reason I've been a lifelong Padres fan and season ticket holder,” he wrote.
“Being the fighter she is, my mom successfully went through a double mastectomy and has been cancer free ever since.”
—City News Service