The San Diego Padres arrived in Boston last night and will start a three-game series at Fenway Park this evening.
The big story, of course, will be Adrian Gonzalez facing the Padres for the first time in his career. Gonzalez is from San Diego and played five seasons there before being traded to the Red Sox in December.
It’ll be a bit overwrought considering that Gonzalez was drafted by the Marlins and spent three and a half years in that organization before going to the Rangers in a 2003 trade and spending two and half years there.
The San Diego lineup will include first baseman Anthony Rizzo, one of the three prospects the Red Sox traded for Gonzalez. He’ll get a lot attention, too.
But the connections between the two organizations run far deeper than one trade. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was CEO of the Padres from 1995-01. He led a parade of front office talent to Boston.
Sox chairman Tom Werner once owned the Padres. Senior advisor for baseball projects Jeremy Kapstein was once the San Diego CEO.
Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kenndy, general manager Theo Epstein, executive vice president of business affairs Jonathan Gilula, senior vice president of ticketing Ron Bumgarner, chief financial officer Steve Hitch and vice president of fan services Sarah McKenna all worked for the Padres earlier in their careers. So did manager of media relations Leah Tobin.
Vice president of baseball operations Brian O’Halloran started in baseball with the Padres. Senior vice president of player personnel and international scouting Craig Shipley played for the Padres and once scouted for them. Hitting coach Dave Magadan had the same job with the Padres from 2003-06.
The flow has gone the other way in recent years. Padres GM Jed Hoyer and two of his assistants — Josh Byrnes and Jason McLeod — all worked for the Red Sox under Epstein. First base coach Dave Roberts is a former Red Sox player and broadcaster and will never pay for a drink in Boston again.
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: As an alert reader pointed out, Red Sox vice president of player development and amateur scouting Mike Hazen was a 31st round pick of the Padres in 1998 out of Princeton and played two seasons in their organization.
Mike hit .307 with a .919 OPS for Idaho Falls in 1998.