Eric Hosmer

At Padres home opener, organ player, celebs are on top of their game

At Padres home opener, organ player, celebs are on top of their game

One of the best seats for Padres Opening Day was on the south side of the upper deck where an aging 1978 Yamaha wood organ sits atop its own raised stage. At the keyboard was musician Bobby Cressey.

This is his ninth year of playing tunes before the start of daytime home games — between innings, during the Seventh Inning Stretch, and whenever the Padres hit a foul ball. Cressey loves opening day because fans are in such a good mood. “They are so excited to be here.”

He tries to include music that appeals to a...

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