The 2014 Padres FanFest has come and gone. We can now consider the season underway.

I love FanFest. Always have. Even back in the days of Jack Murphy Stadium, when it was more or less just a glorified baseball card show, I loved it. Of course, it has come a long way since those days.

Join me, will you, for a rather long look at my day on Saturday.

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Football season is over. That can only mean one thing: Baseball season is right around the corner. And the first real event of any Padres season is FanFest (formerly known as FriarFest). This year, it’s this Saturday, February 8th, from 10am to 4pm.

Season Ticket “Members” get in early at 8:30am, with Early Access starting at 9:30am for the general public available by registering here.

So, what can we look forward to this year? Details are still sketchy. The full event schedule is usually not announced until a day or two before. The full promotional schedule for the 2014 season is supposed to be announced sometime later this week and there may or may not be examples of the giveaways at FanFest.

Here’s what we do know:

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In the Season 2 finale of Padres and Pints we met up with Professor Parks of Baseball Prospectus at the amazing Southpaw Social Club. It was a fun night of debauchery.

In this episode we grill the Professor on players such as Austin Hedges and Max Fried, find out who he thinks was the biggest loss in the Chicago Cubs raid of the Padres front office, talk about the Perfect Game All-American, get the definitions on all of the famous hashtags (get the shirts here) and put him through the Padres and Pints Rapid Fire.

We also chat with Patrick McGrath from Southpaw Social Club. This amazing place sits right outside Petco Park’s “Park at the Park” and has an amazing environment, great food, great drinks and great service. Don’t wait for the baseball season to start up again, this place is a MUST visit in San Diego.

Thanks for all the support in 2013 and we’ll be back in 2014 bigger and better than ever!

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