We are Baseball tour a hit at Salt River Fields

March 11th, 2017
In addition to the virtual reality, visitors also get to see special artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (Steve Gilbert/MLB.com)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- They were sitting inside a trailer next to Salt River Fields, but thanks to virtual reality goggles, they felt like they were at Game 1 of the 2016 World Series.

Fans attending the first day of the "We Are Baseball" tour got the opportunity to virtually stand at home plate as the two teams were announced and lined up on the foul lines. For each game, fans were transported to a spot in the ballpark, got to share in the champagne celebration and even attend the championship parade through Chicago courtesy of Jaunt.

In addition to the virtual reality, visitors also get to see special artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., as well as an original IMAX movie on the game.

"We are honored that the Baseball Hall of Fame has chosen Salt River Fields for this unique opportunity to showcase the history of baseball in a new and exciting way," D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. "Salt River Fields is the number one Spring Training destination and we are proud that our fans will be able to add to their game experience with this exhibit."

The event is open daily until March 26, with admission prices that range from $17 for adults to $5 for ages 5-17, and those 4 and under admitted free.

Brigid Driscoll and her 11-year-old son, Caleb, were among the first to get to play MLBAM's newest mobile video game -- Home Run Derby -- the first ever developed by a professional sports league.

As Bridgid looked on, Caleb hit homer over Fenway Park's Green Monster.

"This is great," Bridgid said. "We didn't know what to expect, but this has been great."

In another trailer, Krista and T.J. Bart designed their own Hall of Fame plaques on touch screens.

"It's really cool to have this here," T.J. said of the tour. "It's a unique setup. It's great, everything is interactive and it's all custom built just for this."

The Barts, who came to Arizona to attend Spring Training games, are from Cheyenne, Wyo. and have never been to Cooperstown.

"We're hoping to get that Spring Training crowd and show them a little of what they can see in Cooperstown," Hall of Fame traveling curator Andy Couch said.

The IMAX film, which was produced by Thomas Tull and Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner, gave fans a view of the past, present and future of baseball with some never-before-seen content.

"It really captured the passion of the game," Jeff Gordin said after watching it. "It was very interesting."