D-backs announce inaugural alumni game to be played on September 15
The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced that they will host the first-ever D-backs alumni baseball game on Sept. 15 to highlight Alumni Day festivities. Former D-backs players will take the field shortly after the conclusion of the D-backs versus San Francisco Giants game at 5:10 p.m.
The Alumni Day festivities will begin with an on-field pregame ceremony to introduce former D-backs players in attendance. Among the D-backs' alumni scheduled to attend are Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley, Matt Williams, Reggie Sanders, Tony Womack, Devon White, David Dellucci, Mike Fetters, Greg Swindell, Junior Spivey and several others. Players are subject to change and a more complete roster will be announced at a later date.
In addition, the D-backs announced the winning jersey, as voted on by fans, is the 1998-2002 Alternate Purple Jersey featuring the "Arizona" word mark and will be worn by current D-backs players during the game. Fans chose the jersey from four options through an online voting contest at dbacks.com/throwback that ran just prior to Opening Day. One lucky voter received four tickets to Alumni Day as well as a personalized throwback jersey, complete with their name and number.
On Sept. 15, 20,000 fans will receive a Matt Williams bobblehead, courtesy of Chase. The bobblehead will feature the current D-backs third base coach and five-time All-Star third baseman who was a member of the 2001 World Championship team. The four-time Gold Glove Award Winner and Silver Slugger Award Winner was one of baseball's premier third basemen during his 17-year big league career. In 1999, Williams finished third in league MVP voting and took part in three World Series as a player (1989 with San Francisco, 1997 with Cleveland and 2001 with Arizona).
Last season, the D-backs held their inaugural Alumni Day in the form of a 10-year reunion of the 2001 World Championship team. The reunion took place on Sept. 10 and drew a crowd of 47,959.
Tickets for the Sept. 15 Alumni Day game start at just $14 and can be purchased by calling a D-backs representative at 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com.