D-backs don purple on alumni night

D-backs don purple on alumni night

PHOENIX -- Typically dressed in black for Saturday home games, the D-backs went back in time Saturday for their meeting against the Giants, wearing their 1998-2002 Alternate Purple Jerseys with Arizona across the front.

The throwback uniform night was in cooperation with the club's first-annual alumni game, which was scheduled to take place at the conclusion of Saturday's contest at Chase Field.

"It's nice, the guys kind of like it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's neat."

D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill, who played collegiate ball at Louisiana State, was especially fond of the purple.

"I wore that color for three years in college, purple is fine by me," Hill said. "It'll be fun to put it on again."

Saturday is the only time this season the D-backs are scheduled to wear their throwback jerseys, which disappointed outfielder Jason Kubel.

"I've been wanting to wear them since Spring Training," Kubel said. "I thought we'd wear them more than once, but it's going to be cool."

A fashion statement in the eyes of most fans, the club also recognized the historical significance of the uniforms for the club that won the 2001 World Series while donning purple.

"I don't know if it's the prettiest uniform ever, but it's the culture of the Arizona Diamondbacks," D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton said. "I haven't been around for a while, but I'm going to enjoy the little differences. It's great, I love it."