Staying Social While Social Distancing

There’s no pandemic big enough to keep the San Diego Padres from engaging with the Friar Faithful during these difficult times. Though it hasn’t been a whole lot of fun being away from the ballpark, the Padres sure have made it easier for the fans.

Just days ago, the San Diego team paid tribute to all frontline heroes.

BUT… they couldn’t leave out the Class of 2020.

Padres infielder, Ty France, went on to celebrate and honor all San Diego high school seniors with a speech.

The beloved Padres Social Hour made its return!

Padres Broadcaster Jesse Agler, along with some surprise guests, host an interactive live broadcast checking in with players and discussing the current baseball hot topics.

Make sure to tune in Monday through Thursday at 5:30 pm PST on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube!

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All that sounds sweet, but what are the players doing to stay active with the fans?

RHP Chris Paddack has suddenly become a streamer on the platform, Twitch.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the platform, Twitch is a site that allows users to watch or broadcast live streaming of broadcaster’s gameplay.

Every Friday, also known as Fortnite Fridays, Paddack gets in a custom game in duo’s or squads with viewers, and sometimes even fans.

Paddack expressed that he really enjoys interacting with others and gaining experiences on the streaming site.

One of his favorite experiences was with Jayden, a 14 year-old kid from New York. Paddack mentioned the boy cried mid-game because he had the opportunity to play and interact with a streamer, leaving the young boy to cross two things off of his bucket list.

Moving onto Fernando Tatis Jr. who was interviewed by his parents via Instagram live.

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Entrevista por sus padres.

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In the interview, Tatis talks about childhood memories, his trade to San Diego, and much more.

In this Spanish spoken interview, one thing that really stuck with me from the interview was when he began talking about how he felt about the move to San Diego. When the young slugger mentioned getting on the flight and how he sat in one of the last few rows it really hit for a moment. He went on to add that he took a moment to reflect, giving thanks to God for all of the opportunities that were coming his way. Overall, the live felt very raw and I think that’s really important when doing an interview.

Last but certainly not least, one of my favorite things the Padres have done.

Photo courtesy of @Fox Sports San Diego

Since the beginning of the pandemic and up until now, Fox Sports San Diego has had a strong line up of Padres Classics!

Whether it’s rewatching Tony Gwynn’s 3,000th hit or Chris Young’s no-no into the 9th, it always feels great to be able to rewatch some of our legendary former players hit milestones.

We all sure miss Padres baseball and the ballpark. Padres are doing their part to try and fill the baseball void in our hearts. So grab a snack (preferably Meg’s recreation of Seaside Market’s Tri-Tip Nachos), tune into Padres Social Hour or Paddack’s Twitch streams, and stay social while social distancing!

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