Another sign that spring is in the air was more information appearing today regarding the Diamondbacks' FanFest, which will be taking place at Chase Field one month from today, on Saturday, February 11th. It's the eighth time this free event has been held, with an estimated 12,500 showing up for last year's event (shown above). It's always a lot of fun - we tend to end up with a ton of stuff from the Yard Sale, but there' s also autograph sessions, panel discussions, live broadcasts, etc. Definitely not to be missed. After the jump, there's details on some of what you can expect.
Obviously, this is subject to change, but penciled in at this point are (deep breath): Willie Bloomquist, Geoff Blum, Craig Breslow, Sam Demel, Stephen Drew, David Hernandez, Aaron Hill, Daniel Hudson, Ian Kennedy, Jason Kubel, John McDonald, Wade Miley, Joe Paterson, J.J. Putz, Ryan Roberts, Bryan Shaw, Justin Upton, Chris Young and Brad Ziegler. Coaches expected to participate include Manager Kirk Gibson, Bench Coach Alan Trammell and Bullpen Coach Glenn Sherlock. Broadcasters Daron Sutton, Mark Grace, Greg Schulte, Tom Candiotti, Oscar Soria, Miguel Quintana and Richard Saenz should also be in attendance, as well as Luis Gonzalez.
As last year, children 12 and under will get free autographs in a special area - soco just found another reason to be pleased he's now a father. Those of us unable to kidnap a small child for the day, can pay pay $5 for their autograph sessions, with the money going to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Subway cash card, which features the D-backs and is pre-loaded with an amount ranging from $1-$100. Which would be quite a lot of dough. [Thank you, I'll be here all week...]
Thuis year, there will be a brand new on-field food court, which will save our legs from all those stairs that come between us on the field and the open concession stands up on the concourse. I make a prediction that the on-field version will probably have quite a long queue, so I'd still recommend getting some breakfast beforehand - the event opens at 11am, but from what I recall, there's usually early admission available one way or another (last year, it was through buying sandwiches at Subway), so stay tuned for details of that.
Many old favorites will be returning to the event (and I don't mean Mark Grace, hohoho).
- D-backs home clubhouse tours
- Question and answer sessions with D-backs players, coaches, broadcasters and alumni
- Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Yard Sale. Because we all need more random, weirf D-backsmabilia to
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- Family Fun Zone featuring speed pitch, T-ball and other interactive inflatables
- D-backs Training Centers Wiffle ball fields and clinics featuring D-backs players and coaches
- Live Sports 620 KTAR broadcast throughout the day
- FOX Sports Arizona KidKaster auditions
- Sign ups to audition to sing the national anthem or be a Rally-back, Golden Glover or D-backs Legends Race participant.
The last-named has a certain appeal, not least because I'm utterly unqualified to be any of the other three, for one reason or another. Needless to say, we'll be there, and will be documenting the whole event. Hopefully bump into some of you at Chase, on the day.