SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds will welcome sailors from their namesake ships – USS San Diego and USS Cincinnati – to Petco Park on Sunday as the Padres host their first Military Sunday with recruits in the stands since 2019.
There will be 245 recruits as well as 10 instructors from Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego participating in the game.
Captain (N) Kevin Ralston, Commanding Officer of USS San Diego, will throw the ceremonial first throw. The national anthem will be sung by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Day.
The pre-game ceremonies will feature a parachute team of about 15 Navy Leap Frogs descending onto the field and a flight over by a C-17A military transport aircraft from the March Air Reserve base.
As in every Sunday home game, the Padres will be wearing their camouflage shirts.
All veterans, active duty military personnel and their families can purchase tickets at a 25% discount at www.padres.com/military.
The USS San Diego is an amphibious transport ship. The USS Cincinnati is an Independence variant littoral combat ship. Both ships are homeported in San Diego.
Major League Baseball will continue its Father’s Day tradition of raising prostate cancer awareness and supporting both the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer in their quest to fight the disease during all his matches on Sunday.
During Father’s Day games, players and field staff will wear the symbolic blue ribbon on their uniforms as well as blue bracelets. Commemorative base jewels and canoe alignment cards will also be blue.
Players will also wear caps specially designed to raise awareness and fundraise for the fight against prostate cancer. The caps will feature the team’s blue logos as well as the symbolic MLB blue ribbon.
MLB will again donate all of its royalties from sales of caps and specialty clothing featuring the symbolic blue ribbon to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.
Players have the option of wearing multi-patterned blue colored socks, light blue compression sleeves, batting gloves, wrist / elbow / leg guards and catcher’s gear.
Players and all field staff have worn blue ribbons and blue bracelets on Father’s Day since 1996.