Padres to join MLB efforts to raise prostate cancer awareness

Posted at 10:33 AM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 13:33:56-04

The San Diego Padres will mark Father's Day Sunday by joining the rest of Major League Baseball in seeking to increase awareness of prostate cancer and raising funds to fight the disease.

Teams will wear special Father's Day jerseys and caps for the first time. The Padres Father's Day uniforms will incorporate light blue into their Sunday Navy digital camouflage jerseys. Players and coaches will also wear caps with a light blue SD logo highlighted by a dark gray crown and brim.

Major League Baseball will donate its licensed uniform royalties from sale of Father's Day apparel to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer.

All players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers throughout Major League Baseball will wear blue ribbon uniform decals and blue wristbands to promote prostate cancer awareness.

Sunday's games mark the conclusion of the Prostate Cancer Foundation's 21st annual Home Run Challenge where fans can make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during all Major League Baseball games from Monday through Sunday. Pledges can be made at

The Padres season-long Military Sunday salute will include nine military children with their service member fathers taking the field to greet Padres starters at each position as part of "Military Take the Field" and a honorary first pitch thrown by Marine Corps Brigadier Gen. James W. Bierman, Jr., commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region.

The Padres second Domingos Padres celebration of Hispanic culture of the season will feature a tribute to Baja California tourism with mascots from the region's teams at the Park and representatives from the Tijuana and Baja California tourism boards promoting the region.

Professional wrestler Rey Mysterio will sign autographs at Park at the Park and throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Two Padres players will sign autographs from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Park. A Compadres Kids membership is required to participate.

Membership is free and children can register online or in-person Sunday.

Following the game, children 14 years old and under can run the bases on the field. Children and their families can begin lining up following the conclusion of the eighth inning at the top of the ramp leading up to the Sun Diego Beach on K Street. Compadres Kids members will receive front-of-the-line privileges by lining up at the Park Boulevard gate.

The Padres will also conduct a Kids Fest at the Park beginning at 11 a.m., which will include bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists and other children-friendly activities.