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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!