Home Opener Offers Fresh Start

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Apr 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:50 PM PDT
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Home Opener Offers Fresh Start

The party started early on Monday outside Petco Park, reports Channel 4 San Diego.
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The Padres host the Atlanta Braves who come to town with a 3-and-3 record. Kevin Correia will be on the mound against Jair Jurrjens.

Even before the home opener, one local sports analyst said he expects a best-case scenario of the team finishing third this season.

“Let’s give them this year to see what the franchise looks like and how they operate the franchise,” said Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton.

“For the first time in a long time, if you go through the farm system, they’ve got quality players at every level,” he said adding that fans shouldn’t expect to see that new talent for a year to a year and a half.

What can fans expect from the home opener? If you check in with the guys at 619Sports, they’re hoping for more singles and walks than explosive home runs.

“We all know that chicks dig the long ball, but the 2010 Padres are going to be a whole lot better off without them,” posted Chris Ello.

First pitch is at 3:35 p.m. Monday. If you're going to the game, the Padres encourage you to arrive early and if possible take the trolley from Qualcomm Stadium. MTS will offer special event trolley service from Qualcomm Stadium. North County Transit District is offering a Padres Coaster train that leaves Oceanside Station at 1:45.

Umbrellas will only be allowed if they don't obstruct anyone's view. So with today’s forecast, your best bet is to wear a hoody.

As always, we're looking for Padres Fan pics. Send yours to isee@nbcsandiego.com.

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