D-backs to join mayor, city leaders on visit to Mexico City

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that they will take part in the City of Phoenix's Trade Mission and Protocol Visit to Mexico City which begins tomorrow. D-backs legend and Special Assistant to the President & CEO Luis Gonzalez and Sr. Vice President, Communications Josh Rawitch (@JoshRawitch) will join Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton), City Councilmember Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos and several other city leaders in the four-day visit.

During the trip, the contingent is expected to meet with the US Ambassador to Mexico, the Honorable Anthony Wayne as well as Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña. The group will also meet with several key executives from companies headquartered in Mexico City.

The delegation will host officials from the travel and tourism industry in Mexico, detailing the many benefits of a visit to Phoenix, including a trip to Chase Field. In addition to media appearances, Gonzalez will also take part in a community event.

Among the other members of the Mayor's delegation are representatives of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Arizona Super Bowl Committee, the Phoenix Suns and the St. Joseph's Foundation/Barrow Neurological Foundation.

This trip marks the third visit for the D-backs to Mexico in the past seven months.

D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) led a group that included General Manager Kevin Towers, broadcaster Richard Saenz, Gonzalez and Rawitch in October for the Opening Night of the Hermosillo Naranjeros and returned again in February with CFO Tom Harris for the Caribbean Series, where Gonzalez hosted a clinic for local youth.

The Caribbean Series was held at Estadio Sonora, the new ballpark that was built with the D-backs' input on planning and construction. The ballpark includes several features that resemble the award-winning Spring Training home of the D-backs, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

The D-backs have a long-standing history in Mexico, having played exhibition games in Hermosillo each spring from 2008-10. Hall sits on the Board of Directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the organization worked closely with the World Baseball Classic to host the first round of the tournament in March. The game between Team Mexico and Team USA drew 44,256 fans, the highest attended game of the entire tournament.