DATE                                THEME                                   

February 4, 2017            For the Love of Baseball

April 22, 2017                 Spring Into Action                                                      

May 20, 2017                 The Madres Want YOU!                    

June 24, 2017                The Madres are GR-R-R-R-EAT!!                              

July 29, 2017                  Hawaiian Mahalo Madres

August 19, 2017             Tribute to Tony

September 23, 2017       On Deck for the Madres                               

 All brunches  will be held at the  

        Best Western 7 Seas 411 Hotel Circle South San Diego 92108                                           

For the Love of Baseball

The SD Madres held their first brunch of year on Feb 4th  at our new location for 2017, Best Western 7 Seas in Mission Valley.  Raj Naayanan the General Manager, Partnerships, from the Lake Elsinore Storm was our honored guest.  The Storm is the advanced A minor league team of the San DiegoPadres.  Raj was born in Bombay, India, attended the University of Connecticut and Rutgers University, Majoring in Economics with a background in Finance and Marketing. 

After graduating, Raj worked for Coconuts Music, Toggle Entertainment and Emerald

Financial in the New Jersey/New York area before moving west.  He first worked for Inland Empire 66ers starting 2006 and then joined the Storm in 2009.  Raj has worked in many capacities since joining the Storm.  He started as an Account Executive, then Director of Promotions and Entertainment and then Group Sales before moving into his current role.  He now oversees all Corporate Partner relationships, sponsor promotions and in-game entertainment while assisting with group sales and marketing.  Last year was a very busy one for Raj with the California/Carolina All Star Game and the Midway classic, a home run derby that took place on the USS Midway. 

Raj told us about the upcoming game to be played at the Diamond between the Padres and the Storm.  He also went over the many upgrades that are taking place at the Diamond for 2017. They now have bar top seating at the top of the sections behind home plate; new ADA sections that are more friendly to those in need and a new “green” section.  The green section is an area, with green seats, where Thunder is sure to spend time during the game. 

Speaking of Thunder, he also joined us at the luncheon.  He was his usual fun loving self to the amusement of all those present.  Raj, speaking for Thunder, informed us that Thunder is 17 years old now.  Thunder makes approximately 200 appearances a year.   Raj did also mention that the bunny, Jackpot, and the world’s fastest squirrel will still be at the Diamond along with Thunder.

Thanks for joining us, Raj, at our first luncheon of 2017!


Spring into Action

By Summer Serrano; Photos by Rick and Pati Zambori

The Madres’ April brunch Padres’ guest was Alex Miniak, the Padres PA Announcer. He is the man behind the voice so it was a little nerve wracking since he is used to looking at everyone and this time everyone was looking at him.( he did great!)

Alex started his career in radio and he worked as the Public Address announcer for the Fisher Cats in AA. He was a finalist for the Wrigley Field job as well as a fill in announcer at Fenway Park. A friend sent him the Padres press release looking for an announcer and he was #179 out of 800 tryouts. He said he was sorry if anyone in the audience applied but truly not sorry he got the job. He had to fly back and forth for tryouts for 3 months. Have you ever gotten a job that was announced to you during the 7th inning stretch? That is exactly how his boss Erik Meyer told him. He was in the Final 3 and Mike Dee and Wayne Partello finally said yes to his coming to San Diego. Alex’s first assignment was to announce the winner, “Hey, congratulations to me!” His first major accomplishment was announcing the All Star Game which was hosted at Petco park last Summer.

The Madres asked questions, The first one was which name is hardest to pronounce. He stated it was Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins, who happened to be in town.

How much time between innings do you have?  Two min, 20 sec but really only the 2 mins, 20 sec is given to the batter for the walkup song.

Since it is a seasonal job do you do something else for work?  Yes, I started my own marketing agency.

What is the best moment of your career? It was a “live toss” from Joe Buck during the All Star Game at the 7th inning stretch.

The Madres Want You!

A Visit From a Different Gwynn

By Summer Serrano; Photos by Rick & Pati Zambori

Alicia Gwynn doesn’t need much introduction because she and Tony started their relationship with the Madres in the early 80’s when Tony first came to the Majors. Madres have volunteered for their Foundation, the TAG Foundation for many years. We have been hoping to have Alicia at one of our brunches so we could show her that we are still here for her and her family. She stated that she knows, “you guys are the rock outside of my family.” It is a phrase that is dear to her heart, as Tony told her “You are the rock of this family, I need to know you are going to be OK….”. Alicia finally told him that she would be ok but admittedly it was one of the hardest things she ever told him. Not only is she OK but she is thriving, having started her music career and just releasing her first and second single. “Singing makes me happy”. She doesn’t care if she makes a dime on the music but if it touches someone and helps them, that is all that matters.

Alicia and Tony have always been about helping kids, they have taken in many kids over the years. Alicia has a big house all to herself now so she is hosting camps for kids. Last August she had 90 kids, 50 of whom stayed at the house for a week. She wrote a workbook on her principles of life, ABCD…..attitude, behavior, communication and discipline. The children work thru the book learning these life skills and the amazing thing is that they didn’t have one problem/conflict and these kids were from all over the world.

Tony was all about family and Alicia always wanted to be the best wife she could be. Now her greatest honor is to be the best Mother and Grandmother to her children and grandchildren. We thank Alicia for inspiring us with her words of wisdom, her great respect and appreciation of the Madres and for sharing her family with us all these years. We look forward to continuing that tradition

The Madres Are Gr-r-r-r-reat!


By Kris Hardesty; Photo by Rick and Pati Zambori

Rickie Sevadjian introduced of player guest by telling us his “playing career”: in elementary he played the violin, in high school he played the bass and currently plays rhythm guitar and is lead singer in the Travis d’Arnaud band…..Oops (Chase whispers in her ear) and then she said “Chase d’Arnaud Band” (Travis is Chase’ brother). The day of our brunch also happened to be the anniversary of his MLB debut, June 24th , 2011. Rickie then led us in singing Happy Anniversary to Chase, Chase added “cha, cha, cha” at the appropriate spots, along with dance moves. Rickie went on with her introduction letting us know that in that debut he hit a triple and that he has played for the Pirates, Phillies, Braves, Red Sox and now the Padres. Chase added “California” with a big smile on his face. She also let us know that Madre member Janet Slayen is Chase’s aunt.

After saying hello, his first comment was that he wasn’t expecting such a large group. It was so great walking in to all the applause he said “I felt like a king walking in”.

Chase attended Pepperdine on a scholarship and he didn’t plan on playing ball for a living. But in his junior year he started getting calls from clubs saying they wanted to draft him in the 3rd or 4th round. He said it was at that point it hit him “oh wow, I realized I was that good, I better get an agent”. He was drafted by the Pirates in his junior year. He played in the minors for Pittsburg from 2009 until 2011. In 2010 while playing for Altoona Curves he was selected for the All Star game, and so was his brother.  That was the last time the two have played together. In 2011, Chase made his MLB major league debut against the Red Sox and in his first at bat hit a triple off of Jon Lester.

Chase told us about his band he started while in the Braves organization. He started it in 2015 and in 2016, Chase and his band opened for Lady Antebellum at the County Fair just outside Atlanta, GA;  played a set at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tn., and headlined at legendary Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Ga. He actually lived with the band during parts of 2016.

Chase married his wife Kaitlyn in December of 2016. He talked about how his son, Jagger, was to be born in about 1 week (induction scheduled for July 3). Jagger had plans of his own and was born on June 26th.

Chase has so much personality it is hard to convey it on paper, but one of the last comments from the crowd puts a light on it “if baseball and music don’t work out for you, you can do standup comedy!”

Unfortunately, since Chase visited us he has been designated for assignment by the Padres. The Madres want to wish Chase all the best in whatever comes next and wish to congratulate Chase and Kaitlyn on the birth of their son Jagger.


By Kris Hardesty; photos from internet

Padre's POV Host, Michelle Margaux is originally from Sacramento. She came to San Diego the first time to attend University of San Diego where she studied Communications graduating in 2014. While attending USD she interned at Fox Sports San Diego in the first year that it covered the Padres. After graduating she took a job as a sports anchor and reporter at a station in Corpus Christi, TX. She always wanted to come back to San Diego, as she explained it, she asked adamantly about coming back to San Diego. She would ask her boss every month about an opening in San Diego, and it finally happened. She joined Fox San Diego in 2016 and took over the POV show as well as filled in as side line reporter on the game broadcasts. This year she primarily does the POV show.

Taking questions from the floor she was asked where the story ideas for “POV” come from? She explained that as co-producer of the show she gets pick the story ideas. She likes to find out what the player enjoys doing and they will incorporate that into the show. She told us she is an avid baseball fan. When asked how she became such an avid fan,  she replied what after her parents divorced, she would come home to an empty house after school. The only thing “live” on TV was Oakland A’s baseball. Although at the time she didn’t like baseball, she felt watching something live was much better than recorded TV programs. Watching the live broadcast made her feel part of what was going on and she grew to love baseball. Then when she moved to San Diego to go to school she became a Padre fan.

The San Diego Madres want to thank Michelle for joining us and to keep up the great work on those POV show.


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