You’re this excited to see Alberto Callaspo?

Hey friends, we’re creeping closer and closer to Spring Training — I start the drive early Saturday morning, heading through such hot spots as El Centro, Yuma and Gila Bend before ultimately parking in Peoria for six weeks of good times in the Valley of the Sun.

Hope you’re getting excited for Spring Training as well. I’ve said it countless times before but I would highly encourage everyone to get over to Arizona this spring to watch some baseball. Even if you’re not a diehard fan, it’s still a very good time.

OK, done with my chamber of commerce moment. Let’s get back to baseball.

As I’m sure you’re well aware, FanFest was last Saturday at Petco Park and the team had about 18,000 fans attend. I’ve got some thoughts on the garage sale, which I thought was really cool. I’ll share those later. But Saturday was also the start of single-game ticket sales for 2012.

According to the Padres, these were the five games that the most tickets were sold to on Saturday:

April 5, Dodgers (Opening Day).

May 18, Angels.

May 19, Angels.

April 7, Dodgers.

April 21, Phillies.

A quick programming note: The Padres say that Opening Day is 80 percent sold-out.

I can’t say I’m surprised that these games have drawn the most interest. Subtract the Dodgers games, because those were going to sell well because, as mentioned, it’s the opening weekend of the season.

The Interleague games against the Angels are selling well, presumably because of the additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Sorry, Alberto Callaspo, you’re a nice players but not the marquee draw here. Honestly, I would expect all three of these games to be sold-out eventually. The same probably goes for most of the four-game series against the Phillies in April.

Pujols, in case you’re wondering, is a career .258/.345/.526 hitter in 97 at-bats at Petco Park with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. So take that for what it’s worth.

Corey Brock,

Twitter: FollowThePadres





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