Legends Race to include Gonzo, Unit mascots

Legends Race to include Gonzo, Unit mascots

PHOENIX -- The D-backs announced the first two characters in their upcoming D-backs Legends Race on Monday and neither was a surprise -- Luis Gonzalez and Randy Johnson.

Gonzalez, of course, owns the most famous hit in franchise history when he singled off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. The single gave Arizona its first, and only, major sports championship.

The franchise leader in just about every offensive category, Gonzalez played for the D-backs from 1999-2006 when the organization won three National League West titles and one NL championship and World Series. He is now a special assistant to team president and CEO Derrick Hall.

Johnson, who retired after last season, pitched for the D-backs from 1999-2004 and again from 2007-08. The left-hander, who is the franchise leader in nearly every pitching category, won four straight NL Cy Young Awards during his first stint with the D-backs and also pitched a perfect game on May 18, 2004.

Similar to the Sausage Race at Miller Park and the Presidents Race at Nationals Park, the D-backs Legends Race presented by Henkel will take place at the end of the fifth inning at all home games beginning with the July 2 game with the Dodgers.

The race will feature four D-backs legends -- 10-foot tall men in uniform with large foam heads that will resemble players who have made a significant contribution to the organization on the field. The characters will run a race that will start close to the right-field foul pole and end at the on-deck circle near the D-backs' dugout.

After the July 2 game, the D-backs mascots will greet fans before games at the main rotunda entrance of Chase Field and pose for photos in the St. Joseph's Hospital Sandlot on the upper level after the race through the end of the game.

For more information about the D-backs Legends Race, presented by Henkel, and an opportunity to win tickets and view the inaugural race in person at Chase Field on July 2, go to dbacks.com/legends.