Goodyear Little Leaguers get surprise visit from D-backs
Imagine you're at the local community park watching your Little Leaguer play and out of nowhere the FOX Sports Arizona Fan Express Bus rolls into the parking lot to provide the whole Chase Field Experience.
That's exactly what happened to a bunch of kids who were playing baseball on three Little League fields at Foothills Community Park in Goodyear, Ariz., last week.
A group of about 50 people from the Arizona Diamondbacks' Rally Backs and their mascot, Baxter -- to the introduction of the team's PA announcer, Chuck Drago -- took over the baseball fields to surprise the Goodyear Little League with the big league experience.
The Diamondbacks vice president of corporate and community impact, Debbie Castaldo, said to Kevin Zimmerman of FOX Sports Arizona that the game operations department decided to put together the surprise endeavor to celebrate a Little League team a bit outside of the Phoenix metro area that was a "model" for success.
The president of the Goodyear Little League, Tim Downs, was the only person who knew about the surprise visit from the D-backs, but he decided to notify the parents by sending them emails so they could be prepared with their cellphones, cameras and video cameras to capture the moment.
The kids played with Baxter and the D-backs Legends Racers. Drago called one of the games, and that field hosted a seventh-inning stretch and the popular Legends Race as well.
The D-backs sponsor the Goodyear Little League and 61 other leagues by providing them with team jerseys.