LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Want to relive the 2001 World Series over lunch with D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez?Or how about going through Major League Photo Day with D-backs reliever Archie Bradley?What about learning baseball scouting from the legendary Roland Hemond, one of the most respected executives to work in
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Want to relive the 2001 World Series over lunch with D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez?
Or how about going through Major League Photo Day with D-backs reliever Archie Bradley?
What about learning baseball scouting from the legendary Roland Hemond, one of the most respected executives to work in the game?
You can bid on those one-of-a-kind D-backs experiences along with many more as part of the Katie Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund Charity Auction. Bidding runs until 8 p.m. MT on Thursday. The scholarship fund was created in memory of Fenney, the late pioneering baseball executive whose career in the game spanned 40 years.
As with the past five MLB charity auctions, all 30 clubs and MLB.com are offering a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime dream experiences for fans. They have raised about $900,000.
The bidding for lunch with Gonzalez begins at $1,000 and includes three guests. Following lunch, Gonzo will take your group on a tour of Chase Field, where you will have access to several areas that are not on the public tour. In addition, the winning bidder will get four incredible seats to a game and the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field, where the group will meet a D-backs player.
The bidding for spending Spring Training Photo Day with Bradley begins at $500 and will allow you to tag along as he goes through media photo day with his teammates. When that is over, you can invite three guests to join you in watching the team's workout that day from the field, where the general public is not allowed. Following the workout, you will join Bradley for lunch and receive a personal baseball card of yourself as a keepsake. The date for D-backs Photo Day has not yet been set, but it usually takes place in mid-to-late February and cannot be changed.
The bidding to spend a game learning scouting from Hemond begins at $500. Hemond, who began his MLB executive career in 1952, is one of the game's most beloved figures. He is honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Buck O'Neil Award. The winning bidder will come early to a 2018 regular-season game and watch batting practice from the field, meet a D-backs player and have dinner with Hemond. You will then have the opportunity to sit next to Hemond in the scout section behind home plate, where you'll hear stories from his six decades in the game.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.