San Diego Padres First Pitch Experience

8/5   Griffin L. / San Diego, CA


Griffin L. is a San Diego native who has been a lifelong Padres fan. After getting to meet one of his favorite athletes Wil Myers, Griffin took in some batting practice, met Mark McGwire and was hosted for dinner at the Lexus Home Plate restaurant. Griffin threw out the first pitch before enjoying the game from his seats right behind the Padres dugout.

Q Give us a play-by-play of your experience? Did you travel from far? What was your favorite part of your experience?

A I got off work and headed down to Petco Park to watch batting practice for the Padres. I got to meet Wil Myers, Mark McGwire and Kurt Bavakwa. Then I got to watch the Phillies do BP and hang on the field.

Then it was time for the first pitch which was so fun, yet so nerve wracking ( I threw a 12-6 Curve like Kershaw, or that's what I'm telling myself :). ) Then the Padres hosted me and 3 guests for dinner at their Lexus Home Plate restaurant which was fantastic! Then I got to watch the game right behind the Padres dugout. It was unreal.

Q Who did you bring with you on your experience?

A My family (mom, dad and sister) and also friends attended.

Q Tell us about your winning contest "sweat". What qualifier did you enter (e.g. $3 PGA Qualifier)? Who was in your winning lineup?

A It was a free roll contest for the 1st Pitch Experience. I actually had made the lineup the night before and the next day was super busy so I didn't even "sweat" it, which sometimes is better that way.

Q Where were you when you won? How did you celebrate? Fist pump like Tiger? Riverdance like Chad Ochocinco? “Ride the Bull” like Happy Gilmore?

AI was out at dinner and checking emails when I saw the "Congratulations!" And at first I couldn't believe it. I just saw their in awe for the whole meal and just was super happy about it.

Q Favorite sports team? How long have you been a fan of this team? Favorite team moment?

A For baseball it is the Padres! I grew up and live in San Diego, so this experience was unreal. My favorite moment was when they went to the World Series in 1998. But now it's getting to throw out the 1st pitch

Q Favorite athlete?

A Wil Myers, Carmelo Anthony, Eric Decker.

Q What is your favorite sports memory?

A Meeting Carmelo Anthony before a preseason game, he was super nice and has been my favorite athlete since he was at Syracuse.

Q Favorite fantasy sport on DraftKings?

A Football.

Q What else is on your sports bucket list?

A Watching a game at Madison Square Garden.

Q What do you love most about DraftKings?

A The professionalism and kindness of everyone involved. Every person from DK I've been in contact with was always very helpful and friendly.

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