For the second consecutive year the Arizona Diamondbacks planned a post-game activity for their loyal season ticket holders. It was yet another way for the team to thank those fans who have stood by them during this difficult season.
The activity would begin shortly after the “Shirts Off Our D-backs” on-field presentation. The “Shirts Off Our D-Backs” promotion has been going on all weekend allowing fans the ability to purchase scratch-off tickets to win a jersey from one of the players or coaches.
The proceeds from these scratch-off tickets go towards the United Way. The Diamondbacks augmented the donations with a check for $100,000 to the Valley of the Sun United Way. In a sign of karma, Diamondbacks super fan Frank Gennario who has not missed a game since 1998 won the Matt Williams jersey. It could not have gone to a more deserving fan.
The season ticket on-field activity had a carnival feel to it. Around the left and right field walls stations were set up where Diamondbacks players posed for pictures with the Season Ticket Holders.
Wristbands were given out that color matched player stations so everyone had an opportunity to get their picture taken with 3-4 players. The lines to these photo stations were fairly short and the Diamondbacks did a great job keeping the lines moving.
Besides the players, the racing Legends were also out in force as was D. Baxter and musical mascot Bobby Freeman (an awesome guy and great organ player).
For the kids there were whiffleball stations set up with Diamondbacks employees throwing literally hundreds of pitches for the fans.
In the Ride Now swimming pool there was a question and answer session with Diamondbacks President/CEO Derrick Hall, interim manager Kirk Gibson, and first base coach and legend Matt Williams.
Hall, Gibson, and Williams fielded questions some rather pointed from the fans. They listened to the fans and provided answers that left everyone with a feeling of optimism for next season and beyond.
While the season has not had many positives, this activity was a great way to end the year. The post-game party was like a mini FanFest and yet another great benefit to being an Arizona Diamondbacks Season Ticket Holder.