Found February 10, 2013 on Friarhood:
Fanfest is unique. It is not Spring Training; it is not team photo day.  The once-a-year event is special.  Fanfest is, at the risk of oversimplifying, personal.  The 2013 version of the event, I am told by the Padres, drew almost 14-thousand fans.  This number is not as remarkable as how the event ma kes fans feel.  The event makes fans feel like just one… as in one-on-one.  There is literally no other time when fans can catch their favorite players when they are not working.  And therein lies what makes Fanfest special.  In every other fan-player event, the players and staff are at work.  In Spring, they’re working.  Team photo day: working.  During games: at work.  Some players may come across as distant, which is understandable.  They are at work.  Not at the beginning of February. Early arrivers at Fanfest were greeted by a big line at the front Petco Park.  Once inside, fans quickly found out a simple truth: Chase Headley is the new face of the organization.  The Padre 3rd bas...
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