D-backs’ FanFest ramps up excitement

D-backs’ FanFest ramps up excitement 

By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com | 02/12/11 9:30 PM EST

PHOENIX — For Ken Kendrick, the beginning of baseball season is not the first pitcher-catcher workout of Spring Training. Nor is it the first full-squad workout.

For the D-backs’ managing general partner, the 2011 season officially got underway Saturday with the Arizona Diamondbacks Subway FanFest at Chase Field.

An estimated 12,500 attended the event, which featured tours of the clubhouse, question-and-answer sessions with players, autograph and photo sessions and a host of interactive inflatables.

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“This is the real start of it here for me,” Kendrick said as he mingled on the field with fans. “You have the players here with the fans interacting, and you have the people here who really, really care about the Diamondbacks. These are our core fans that are always here and I enjoy getting to see them and see how excited they are about things getting going again.” There were a lot of new faces for fans to familiarize themselves with, from starter Armando Galarraga to reliever Kam Mickolio. Manager Kirk Gibson’s coaching staff was there as well, including newcomers Alan Trammell, Don Baylor, Charles Nagy and Eric Young. “It’s nice to see the fans,” catcher Miguel Montero said. “We’re having a lot of fun with them today. It’s always good. I see a lot of people out here that are supporting us and now we just have to support them with some more wins.” Kendrick said he sensed a lot of optimism among fans after a season in which the D-backs made significant organizational changes. Gone are GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch, and in their place are Kevin Towers and Gibson. The D-backs’ pitchers and catchers start reporting to the club’s new Spring Training facility — Salt River Field at Talking Stick — on Sunday. “It’s a chance for a new beginning in various ways,” Kendrick said. “You start with Salt River, the new Spring Training complex, and Kevin Towers, a new general manager with a great history, Gibby getting his first opportunity to put together a coaching staff and a big change in the roster. So you’re hopeful heading into the spring, and I’m enthusiastic about getting good, and I think the chances are that we’ll be pretty good.”

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-Backs Announce Champs’ 10-year Reunion

D-backs announce champs’ 10-year reunion

2001 World Series winners will come back to desert Sept. 9-11

By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com | 02/11/11 12:29 PM EST

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks will turn back the clock Sept. 9-11 when they officially celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club’s World Series championship with the “2001 World Championship Reunion Weekend.”

The weekend will begin with the D-backs wearing throwback jerseys for the Sept. 9 game against the Padres. The club will wear the traditional home white top with purple pinstripes and the “A” logo. That was one of the uniform tops the club wore from 1998 through 2006, when its color scheme was purple, turquoise, copper and black. In 2007, the team switched to its current color scheme of sedona red, sonoran sand and black.

“The players on the 2001 team will always be remembered by D-backs fans for our proudest achievement,” D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. “So we want to make sure we have as many of them return to Chase Field in September to recreate those special memories.”

The Diamondbacks celebrated after winning Game 7 of the World Series over the Yankees on Nov. 4, 2001. (Matt York/AP)

Members of the 2001 team will be in attendance and will be recognized during a pregame ceremony Sept. 10. The players will also be celebrated during the game as the organization relives an inning-by-inning recap of the club’s Game 7 win over the New York Yankees.

The team said it will announce which players from the 2001 team will be in attendance at a later date.

The first 15,000 fans entering the ballpark on Sept. 10 will receive a 2001 World Championship Replica Ring, courtesy of Chase.

“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since our magical season in 2001 that created so many thrilling memories for D-backs fans throughout Arizona,” said Luis Gonzalez, who currently serves the D-backs as a special assistant to the president and CEO. “I am looking forward to seeing my former teammates and reliving the many memories from the 2001 World Series with our fans in September.”

To close out the weekend, the D-backs will honor first responders in remembrance of the many Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

D-backs fans can purchase tickets to the “2001 World Championship Reunion Weekend” beginning Saturday, when D-backs 10-Pack ticket packages go on sale at SUBWAY D-backs FanFest, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. MST at Chase Field.

The D-backs’ 10-Pack packages include 10 flex tickets to 2011 regular-season games, $10 in D-bucks and a free MLB All-Star FanFest ticket. The ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (602) 514-8400.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. 

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Season’s Greetings From the Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson stated December 8th he expected things to be different in the Diamondbacks Clubhouse during the 2011 season.  He indicated he expected less goofing around and more attention to detail.  However, now that he has publicly made this statement, I can’t help wondering what he thinks of this:

Season’s Greetings From the Arizona Diamondbacks

THE D-BACKS SWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skating scoop from Yu-Na Kim’s 2010 All That Skate LA


September 24, 2010

Skating scoop from Yu-Na Kim’s 2010 All That Skate LA

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The American Debut of the World’s Hottest New Skating Spectacular Starring Reigning Olympic Champion Yuna Kim, Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan and an All-Star Cast of Olympic, World and U.S. Figure Skating Champions

2010 All That Skate LA starring Yu-Na Kim LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 – Next weekend the world’s finest figure skaters from around the globe will be coming to the City of Angels for the American debut and Los Angeles premiere of the international skating spectacular “2010 All That Skate LA” at STAPLES Center Saturday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 3rd at 3:00 p.m.

Ranging from $42 to $155 VIP, tickets are available for purchase at http://www.staplescenter.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster retail outlets, as well as via the event website at http://www.allthatskate.com. For group tickets, details are available at 1.877.AEG.TICKETS (877.234.8425) and online at http://www.aegtickets.com. A special “Ultimate Skate Experience” offer included with VIP and front row ticket purchases, provides access to an exclusive “sneak peak” of dress rehearsal and discussion with the skating stars on Saturday.

Here are a few insights from some of the skating stars that gives you the “Skater Scoop.”
Do you have any rituals before you perform?
Michelle Kwan – “I had a few rituals when I was competing. There was a time when I laced up my left skate before my right. I also remember there was a period when I didn’t polish my skates despite the dirtiness because I thought it was lucky.”
Yuna Kim – “I usually make the cross sign right before my performance.”
Johnny Weir – “I get ready in a very quiet space, make myself beautiful and get in the zone.”
Tessa Virtue – “I always put my left skate on before my right. I walk the same route to dressing room every time I enter a rink. I put the necklace I usually wear (which was my Grandmother’s gold chain) in my right running shoe after tying my skates.”
Tanith Belbin – “I have little superstitious habits, like putting my left skate on first and lining my guards up perfectly before placing them in my coach’s hands. The most important thing I always do before taking the ice at competitions though is holding onto Ben’s hand for at least 5 minutes before the warm-up. This way we can sense how nervous the other is and what we need to do to help them through.”
Scott Moir – “Not really. The only thing I do is to buy new socks before every competition.”
Ashley Wagner – “I usually listen to really upbeat songs, and I always put my right skate on before my left.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “I like singing before I skate. That’s good for my breathing.”

What’s your favorite thing about performing?
Michelle Kwan – “My favorite thing about performing is connecting with the music, ice and audience.”
Yu-Na Kim stars in 2010 All That Skate LA Yuna Kim – “I like to tell the audience a story.”
Johnny Weir – “I love when the crowd erupts with appreciation. Entertaining my fans is the most important thing about performing in shows.”
Tessa Virtue – “It always makes me happy to see smiling faces in the stands as we skate – Scott and I love to entertain!”
Tanith Belbin – “I love connecting with the audience and, when it’s a great performance, having some impact on them emotionally. My favorite part of ice dancing is the story-telling aspect so in show programs especially, we always try to make a program with clear storyline.”
Scott Moir – “My favorite thing about performing is performing that perfect program you have practiced. There is no better feeling.”
Ashley Wagner – “I love being able to perform in front of a crowd because I feel like this is my way of expressing myself. I can relate to the audience and entertain them with my performance. It makes me happy that I can make others happy through my skating.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “To share my passion with the audience.”

What is the coolest thing you’ve received from a fan?
Michelle Kwan – “I am a huge stuffed animal lover, so I would have to say that every stuffed animal that has been tossed on the ice has been my favorite.”
Yuna Kim – “Messages from fans, collections of fan art, donations under my name to UNICEF by fans for my birthday present.”
Johnny Weir – “Love and support.”
Tessa Virtue – “A beautiful scrapbook filled with skating photos, poems, drawings and even CDs with possible skating music on them! It was so generous, extremely thoughtful and obviously very time-consuming. Also, I love receiving fuzzy, comfy socks from Japan and Korea!”
Tanith Belbin – “One fan from Korea made me an incredible statue for my birthday this year. It’s a perfect replica of myself and Ben in a lift from our Free Dance at the Olympics and every single detail, from the rhinestones on my dress to the Olympic logo on the ice, is absolutely perfect.”
Scott Moir – “Dior tie.”
Ashley Wagner – “I received a Mikimoto pearl necklace that was really pretty.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “A drawing, a portrait. It hangs in the entrée of my apartment.”

What is your favorite junk food?
Michelle Kwan – “My favorite junk food: junior mints, chips, and anything sweeeeeet.
Yuna Kim – “Korean snacks.”
Johnny Weir – “See’s candies and Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes.”
Tessa Virtue – “Any kind of chocolate!”
Tanith Belbin – “Candy (white chocolate in particular)”
Scott Moir – “Mr. Freeze frozen treats.”
Ashley Wagner – “French Fries!”
Stéphane Lambiel – “I don’t like junk food.”

What American city do you think has the best skating audiences?
Michelle Kwan – “I love skating in L.A. I make sure that all my friends and family scream and cheer extra loud.”
Yuna Kim – “LA!!!!!!!!!!”
Johnny Weir – “New York City.”
Tessa Virtue – “Los Angeles, of course!”
Tanith Belbin – “Los Angeles had the absolute best audience at the World Championships in 2009. We felt their support the entire week of the competition and their encouragement lifted us to a whole new level of performance.”
Scott Moir – I haven’t skated in America very often, but we have some great fans in Canton, Michigan.”
Ashley Wagner – “LA!”
Stéphane Lambiel – “Los Angeles.”

Do you have an all-time favorite skating program?
Michelle Kwan – “My exhibition program, Fields of Gold.”
Yuna Kim – “Michelle Kwan “Lyra Angelica” at 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir “Symphony no.5 at 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.”
Johnny Weir – “My favorite program from my own career is probably “The Swan” my 2006 Olympic short program. My favorite programs of other skaters Anissina and Peizerat’s “Liberty,” and Evgeny Plushenko’s “Nijinskiy.”
Tessa Virtue – “No. Should I?”
Tanith Belbin – “Kurt Browning’s “Singing In The Rain.”
Scott Moir – “Jeffrey Buttle Long Worlds 2008 because I was there live and felt the energy of perfection.”
Ashley Wagner – “Tara Lipinski’s Freeskate at the ’98 Olympics.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “Swan Lake by Oksana Baiul.”

Who is your favorite skater?
Michelle Kwan – “Brian Boitano.”
Yuna Kim – “Michelle Kwan / Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir.”
Johnny Weir – “Evgeny Plushenko, Irina Slutskaya and Yu Na Kim.”
Tessa Virtue – “Jeffrey Buttle”
Tanith Belbin – “Shae-Lynn Bourne was my idol growing up and is still my favorite skater today.”
Scott Moir – “Patrick Chan.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “Shizuka Arakawa.”

What is your favorite movie?
Michelle Kwan – “Gladiator.”
Yuna Kim – “500 Days Of Summer, Paranormal Activity, Moulin Rouge.”
Johnny Weir – “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.”
Tessa Virtue – “Any early Audrey Hepburn movie (Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Funny Face), The Princes Bride and Best in Show.”
Tanith Belbin – “Jeux D’Enfants (Love Me if You Dare).”
Scott Moir – “Bloodsport.”
Ashley Wagner – “Atonement.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli.”

Who are you listening to on your ipod?
Michelle Kwan – “William Fitzsimmons, Jason Mraz, Usher, Nelly, Alicia Keys.”
Yuna Kim – “Korean Singer! BOA.”
Johnny Weir – “Lady Gaga, Johnny Weir, Sergey Lazarev, Dima Bilan, Elton John.”
Tessa Virtue – “Eminem, Jay-Z, Marvin Gaye, Tiesto.”
Tanith Belbin – “Jason Mraz.”
Scott Moir – “Hail the Villain” – any and every song.”
Ashley Wagner – “Florence and the Machines, Regina Spektor, John Mayer.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “Beyonce.”

What cool things do you keep in your skate bag?
Michelle Kwan – “You won’t be surprised to see a Laker’s towel in my bag to wipe my blades when I get off the ice. GO LAKERS! THREE-PEAT!!!”
Yuna Kim – “A baseball for foot massage.”
Johnny Weir – “My skates?”
Tessa Virtue – “I always keep an old pair of broken skate guards in my bag, lots of lucky pennies, safety pins of all sizes and the first draft of the Olympic practice schedule that’s been in there for over a year!”
Tanith Belbin – “I don’t keep anything interesting in my skate bag. Just skates and other essentials.”
Scott Moir – “Things I use on the ice. And extra laces!”
Ashley Wagner – “My lucky marbles, notes from special people in my life and trinkets from everywhere.”
Stéphane Lambiel – “My handmade blade covers.”


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News summary from “Hobonichi” today 100915, Part Two

Source Misfit Mimes Blog with invaluable assistance from Akiko Nakata.

Two months have passed since that dreamlike interview.                     Totally enchanted by Johnny, we reread the uploaded pages and said to each other, “Oh, it was awful, so interesting!” Then we heard that he was going to perform in the show.                                                                     Someone concerned asked us, “Will you come?”                                   “YES, by all means!” Needless to say, several crews raised their hands.


We just visited him in the backside for a while, and we weren’t allowed to shoot the show. I will just simply report, “We went and saw him,” but we hope you will enjoy reading it.

The report begins with us, deeply impressed by the ice show that we had seen for the first time, visiting the backstage, still being rather absorbed.


Wow, awesome! Extraordinary power! Tremendous speed! Must be painful if they fall…expressing each impression, we were waiting…










Johnny Weir!


Wow, so happy!


It’s been a long time! Shaking hands, and again.

Enjoy their dialogue for a while.






Nice to meet you again. [in English]


How are you?


I’m fine, thank you. [in English]



…In English?


A little bit. [in English] (Laughing)


Well, I hear you started to take lessons.


Nooo. (Laughing)

The show was wonderful.


Thanks very much.

Will you skate in the next show?


Oh, excuse me. (Laughing)



In a fantastic costume.


Ah, with a costume, I would be OK.




Especially, your new program in the second part was wonderful.


Ah, good. It’s my favorite program.

The costume was different from my earlier ones?

This is the first costume with no rhinestones.


I see. Yes, it was really simple.


Yes. That’s why my make-up should be so heavy.




The song was also beautiful.

To be frank with you, we saw a live performance for the first time. We were all really excited.


Ah, good. We skated so fast, didn’t we?


The speeds were amazing.  

And the ice is so hard? As if we were watching martial arts.


The same quantity of energy involved.



In the arena, you don’t fight with the opponent like in martial arts, but you all exercise your power—that’s something.


Yes, we try to skate better than the previous skater.



Many your rivals in the Olympics and the last season are in the show? How are you getting along?


Well, it’s difficult sometimes…like a little odd family. (Laughing)




But we are much freer here than in competitions, so we do joking and laughing.


Yeah, you seemed free.

I want to see a competition next.

Anyway, I had a wonderful time today.


Thank you so much for coming.


You’re welcome.

It was so good for me to see the whole world of figure skating where you are [/live].


Oh, thank you.



I thought more people should see your show.


If you tell them, I’m sure we’ll be able to give more shows. It seems everyone knows you, Itoi-san. (Laughing)


Not at all. (Laughing)

I get nervous when I see an athlete just after his performance, like now.


Really? Why?


Because I was watching your beautiful performance just a little while ago.




I regret there’s no opportunity to show you my beautiful performance.


Ha ha ha ha!

Really, various people say Itoi-san is great. That’s your true performance, isn’t it?



Thank you. (Laughing)


It’s true, they say that!


I blush. [“He blushes” sounds more like Itoi-san?]

Well, we shouldn’t keep you long. We’d better leave now.


Ah, your jam was very delicious!


I will send you more.




Which jam do you like?




OK. I’ll make berry jam.

And, this is for you, a badge [color?] of my dog.


This is best. (Laughing)

The dog of your twitter icon.

Thank you.



You’re welcome. Well, we leave now.


Thank you very much for the nice interview.


Thank you. We had a marvelous time today.



Thank you.


Well, go ahead.


Thank you. Good night.


Good night!!


 (Called by people concerned one by one while walking along the passage, Johnny leaves repeating greet and hug)


 (Watching him from behind)

… Great. Really, Johnny is great.


Just for a short time, visiting Fukui was rewarding.

Most of all, the live ice show was really wonderful.

Not only Johnny,

but Pulshenko (special),

Lambiel, Tomas,

And Andoo Miki-san, Suguri-san,

Suzuki Akiko-san, Arakawa Shizuka-san,

And the male pair like the crowns from Cirque du Soleil were wonderful, too.

A young male skater, Machida Tatsuki, whom I saw for the first time, was also good!



…with such infantile impressions, I close my report on Fukui.

Lastly, please enjoy the pictures we took successively in a very short time.














News summary from “Hobonichi” today 100915, Part One

Source Misfit Mimes Blog with invaluable assistance from Akiko Nakata.















News summary from “Hobonichi” today





1 We went to Fukui for an ice show.

2 We saw Johnny Weir again!

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https://i1.wp.com/www.1101.com/IMAGES/spacer.gifThe crew send you the information on what is happening around “Hobonichi” and the fresh-from-the-oven news they want to let you know right away. 







We went to see an ice show in Fukui!

Of course, in order to see Johnny.

Hi, I’m Nagata.

We went to Fukui in a group.

I’m not going to talk about our Fukui trip.

The aim of our trip was “Fantasy on Ice 2010 in Fukui” held in a huge dome called “Sundome Fukui.”

Yes, he was to perform in the show.


Johnny Weir!!!



Johnny Weir!!!

The bilingual interview with Johnny by Itoi, put on Hobonichi recently, have had great much access from all over the world.  


Thank you very much for reading the interview!

If you have missed it, please read it here!


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