Inside the D-backs Fan Fest

February 7, 2009 by  

feat_dbacks_0006The 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Fest was a pretty huge success. We spent some time mingling with fans and chatting with some the ticket sales staff as well as running into Derrick Hall on the field at the 5th annual event. We do not have the exact numbers of the event’s attendees but we were told that there were easily more than three times as many people as last year’s event. This bodes well for an organization that has been under some scrutiny due to some of their recent moves as of late. It appears that, despite recent criticism, there continues to be huge fan support.

You can check out some of the summary that we did on the lifestyle aspect of the event for a neighboring site Rail Life. A site dedicated to the Metro Rail and events along its path. Here we decided that we would let you in on some of the insight that we received on the team for the year to come. It appears that the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals’ success may have served as a catalyst in the sports fan community resulting in higher participation from fans in all of our local sports venues. The hope is that this trend will carry over into Spring Training and the support for the D-backs once the boys of spring have left.

During a question and answer period, the infielders were asked if they were at all nervous about the Big Unit moving to their NL West rivals, the San Francisco Giants. The infielders simply laughed. There were some interesting comments made by Augie Ojeda that acknowledged the fact that, although intimidating, they feel that they do have an advantage having played with him before. We hope that this is the case and are looking forward to the team knocking him all over the park. There is no question that their demeanor indicated that this is not going to be out of the question.

We also had the opportunity to talk baseball with some of the other members of the organization. Apparently, the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the best performing teams in the renewal department of season ticket sales. Although this may not seem like a big deal, it lends itself to a solid fan base that will continue to support the team year after year. Additionally, some of our presumptions were validated when they mentioned that some of the roster moves, as of late, have been because the organization is being more focused on bringing up raw talent. Like some of the older major league teams have been doing for years, the D-backs are spending time focusing on bringing up their own talent through the organization rather than going elsewhere to get it. Signing one-year deals to fill the gaps are necessary moves to fill the gaps but, the focus does remain on growing the ball club organically.

feat_dbacks_0007In all, the players that were at the event seemed genuinely excited to be back in Arizona and seem to be looking forward to the season ahead. From what we gathered, it seems that the only teams that are on the D-backs radar, as far as challenges go, are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers, if they are able to resign Manny Ramirez. We were unable to ask Josh Byrnes about a southpaw.

For more pictures from the event, feel free to check out our Flickr page.

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