July 3, 2012
Perhaps one of the most hyped game in the Arizona Diamondbacks 2012 season was the July 3 game against the San Diego Padres. The middle game of a three game series against a division cellar team in rebuilding mode is not normally an attendance bonanza especially when your team has a three-game losing streak. The Diamondbacks though had a secret marketing weapon up their sleeve.
This game would mark the Chase Field debut of Trevor Bauer, the highly touted minor league prospect that had rocketed through the Diamondbacks farm system. Normally the amount of hype around a minor league call-up is tempered by the fact that the player has no experience at the major league level. There are a select few prospects where that doesn’t matter such as Washington Nationals phenoms Steven Strasberg and Bryce Harper and in 2007 the Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Upton.