Before the game, Bernard remarked, “It’s a wonderful time. I’ve been playing for many years, and now I’m here. It’s incredible.” After being selected by the Padres in the 35th round of the 2012 draft, 31-year-old Bernard played three seasons in their minor league system. Along with stops in the Mexican Winter League, Venezuelan Winter League, and independent ball, he also played in the minor leagues for Detroit, San Francisco, and the Chicago Cubs. He had also participated in the Australian Baseball League in the past.