PHOENIX -- One night after tossing the ceremonial first pitch alongside former World Series teammates Luis Gonzalez and Mark Grace, Matt Williams joins Gonzo and Randy Johnson in a class all their own.
The D-backs announced on Tuesday, prior to the second game of their series with the visiting New York Yankees, that Williams -- their former third baseman and current first-base coach -- is the third of four characters who will participate in their upcoming D-backs Legends Race. The name of the fourth racer will be named on the FOX Sports Arizona pregame show on Wednesday.
Williams, a five-time All-Star who played professionally for 17 seasons, arrived in Arizona in time for the franchise's opening season. In six seasons (1998-2003) with the D-backs, Williams made his way into the organization's record book; he ranks third in home runs (99) and RBIs (381).
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 the 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 and an opportunity to win tickets and view the inaugural race in person at Chase Field on July 2, go to dbacks.com/legends.