Schmidt loses his head over return to D-backs

Schmidt loses his head over return to D-backs

LOS ANGELES -- Triple-A Reno held a bobblehead night for catcher Konrad Schmidt on Saturday.

The only thing missing was, well, Schmidt, who was promoted to the D-backs earlier in the day as the rosters expanded for September.

Schmidt played collegiately at the University of Nevada-Reno and the bobblehead features a split uniform with one half being his college jersey and the other his Aces one. Schmidt's college coach, Gary Powers, was scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

"The bobblehead is cool, but the thing that meant the most to me was that it was a nice show of recognition for the university and the baseball program," Schmidt said.

The honor was even more special for Schmidt as he makes his offseason home in Reno and feels a special attachment to the city.

Still he's happy to be back in the big leagues. In his only other Major League experience, Schmidt got a September callup in 2010 and got eight at-bats.

"Every time you get back up, it's special," he said. "You never know, especially a guy in my position. I'm not an everyday big league player yet. I could be, but just to have the opportunity to get back up here and help however I can is special. I'm just going to enjoy it and try to help."