Tuesday, February 5th

Announcements:

This Thursday, February 7, 2019 is International Optimist Day.  This year, Optimist International is celebrating 100 years of service to youth.

The next Breakfast Meeting will be February 12th, 7:00 am at the SDYC.  Our speaker will be Colin Parent, the Executive Director of Circulate San Diego.

February 15th is the Second Annual Optimist Wine Tasting event, hosted by Jensen’s Market.  Tickets are going fast.  You can get yours HERE!

Program:

Eric Greupner, President of Business             Operations for the San Diego Padres

The Point Loma Optimist Club welcomed Eric Greupner, the new President of Business Operations for the San Diego Padres.  Eric joined the Padres organization in 2010 and served as the COO for the Padres over the last 2 years.

“The San Diego Padres are celebrating their 50th year as a Major League Baseball franchise in 2019.  We have a lot to celebrate this year starting with Petco being ranked as the #1 Ballpark in the MLB, Trevor Hoffman entering the Hall of Fame and the Padre organization raising over $20 million in the last 6 years to support cancer research here in San Diego,” he told us.

Eric shared with us some of the plans the Padres have to celebrate their 50 years in San Diego.  “Giving back is a not just a slogan, it is a way of doing business for the Padres.  We will be announcing soon a major investment in San Diego, in coordination with some of the biggest community organizations.  Padres RBI program has brought baseball to San Diego’s under-served and diverse communities.  This year, we will be expanding that program greatly.”

Pres. Steve Doyle, Pres Eric Greupner of the SD Padres and Member Tom Lewis

Eric also shared an brief review of the 2018 and a preview of the 2019 seasons.  “The Padres sent 3 players to the Futures Game in 2018, the most of any team.  We have 10 players ranked in the top 100 of minor league players, and 7 in the top 50!  Our future looks bright and we are excited to see these young players come to the major leagues.”

Eric also addressed the Padres pending color change.  “In 2020, the Padres will be returning to the Brown and Gold color scheme of the original teams.  The brown will be darker, the gold bolder, but we will be distinct in all of MLB.  The change is the result of many discussions, focus groups and stakeholder input.  You will see more on this color change as we move through the 2019 season.”

Whether you are a big baseball fan or one with just a passing interest, now is the time for Optimism!  Given our Optimist International 100 year history, our San Diego Club 64 year history and our San Diego Padre 50 year history, we have a lot of optimistic prospective to offer!  The Padres are in first place today!  Pitchers and catchers report to Peoria on February 13th.  The first exhibition game is February 23rd and Opening Day is March 28th at Petco Park!

Go Padres!

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