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Padres history (July 3): Steve Garvey’s crowd-pleasing slam

Steve Garvey tried to talk 5-year-old Travis Perreira off his initial request after the March of Dimes poster child threw out the ceremonial first pitch on this date — July 3 — in 1983.

A home run?

“How about a single?” Garvey replied.

Perreira persisted.

“How about a homer and a single?”

Garvey fell short but Perreira couldn’t have been complaining.

The Padres’ new first baseman missed the single but still accounted for all of his team’s runs with a fifth-inning grand slam in a 4-1 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants.