April 19, 2024
Family and friends collect on the Petco Park memorial for Padres proprietor Peter Seidler. Photograph credit score: @MayorToddGloria through X

The Padres celebrated the life and legacy of late proprietor and chairman Peter Seidler Saturday with a ceremony open to the general public at Petco Park.

“The horizons he noticed had been vivid and hopeful,” Eric Kutsenda, Seidler’s longtime enterprise associate and his successor because the group’s chairman, stated on the memorial, in response to MLB.com.

Seidler, 63, the Padres’ proprietor since 2012, died Nov. 14. However he was greater than the proprietor of an expert sports activities group. He gained civic honors, together with being named 2022 San Diegan of the Yr by the San Diego Union-Tribune and the 2023 Herb Klein Spirit of San Diego Award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

His greatest group impression might have been in his take care of these with out shelter.

Bob McElroy, CEO of the Alpha Undertaking, recalled a second through which he pushed Seidler to clarify his curiosity in homelessness.

“I requested him, ‘Why do you care about homeless of us?’” McElroy recalled on the memorial. “He stated, ‘Why wouldn’t I?’ He might inform from my clean stare that I used to be ready for a solution. He stated, ‘Bob, everybody has worth. Everybody issues. My objective is to make them consider it.’”

His objective additionally was to carry a World Sequence championship to San Diego, a dream Padre All-Star Manny Machado promised to pursue.

“We are going to proceed to work onerous to meet your longtime dream, which is to carry a parade to the town whereas we maintain up the Commissioner’s Trophy on the finish of the yr,” Machado stated. “We love you, Peter.”

Different group salutes to Seidler embody the “PS” patches on group uniforms in 2024. The “PS” emblem, inside a heart-shaped design, was revealed Saturday as a part of a façade which can function an ongoing memorial to Seidler at Petco Park.

As well as, Mayor Todd Gloria, in attendance Saturday, reiterated the town’s promise to call a avenue close to Petco after Seidler.

– Employees and wire experiences