SAN DIEGO - The Tijuana team that placed third in last month's Little League World Series will be honored by the Padres Friday night in a ceremony before the first game of this season's final homestand.
Municipal de Tijuana Seleccionados fell to Japan in the international championship but defeated Connecticut in the third-place game the following day. The Padres have already honored the Eastlake team that placed second in Williamsport, Pa.
The players will be recognized during a pregame ceremony at Petco Park before the contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of them, Brandon Meza, will throw a ceremonial first pitch. The youngsters will also take batting practice and meet Padres players.
Another ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Gus Chavez, a retired San Diego State University educator who co-founded local organizations like the Barrio Station, Chicano Federation and the MAAC Project.
The team will also honor retiring outfielder Mark Kotsay, the Padres' nominee for this year's Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the value of helping others. The award is named for the late Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who died while flying relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua in 1972.
The homestand will include three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by four against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The season concludes with three contests in San Francisco.