San Diego Padres stay loose in camp
On March 25 I visited the Peoria Sports Complex, the Spring training home of the Seattle mariners and the San Diego Padres.
It was a very laid back atmosphere in the Padres camp. They took time to play some basketball, including manager Bud Black. For a little time that morning the Padres were just a bunch of guys shooting hoops, not a team getting ready for the regular season.
For the San Diego Padres, the last few seasons have been disappointing adventures at the bottom of the National League West Division. Plus, last year Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, passed away so the fans have not had much to cheer about. The only thing the Padres faithful could enjoy were those games in Petco Park when the Friars beat the L.A. Dodgers.
The Padres plan to put San Francisco and Los Angeles on notice that the Padres will be contending for the NL West division title. Good news for the San Diego. Most of the baseball reporters think the Padres will do it too, this season.
One nice thing about the Padres: manager Bud Black likes the press and tried to have a good time with everyone. In my video report is below you’ll catch a little of his humor. I hope you enjoy it.
(All photos by Claudia Gestro)
Claudia is of Peruvian and Italian descent, having been born in a small town, in the North of Peru, South America. She was raised by her grandmother from an early age, living in poverty until Claudia’s mother brought her to America. She landed in Miami, FL and started her new life, playing high school basketball and eventually becoming a United States citizen. Claudia completed her education at Florida International University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and became a model to supplement her income. Since graduating from FIU Claudia has worked with many of the Spanish Language broadcasting companies, including Telemundo, Univision and most recently Spanish Language channels on SiriusXM satellite radio and PasTV Deportes in Venezuela.She encourages you to follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Her content appears here under a shared content agreement with her Spanish television clients.