The Arizona Diamondbacks hosted Little League teams from Ahwatukee, Ariz., Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.
Diamondbacks players Didi Gregorius, Cody Ross, A.J. Pollock and Brad Ziegler participated in the exhibition and gave the kids new uniforms as part of the D-backs Give Back Jersey Program.
The team’s mascot, Baxter, even got in on the action, as D-backs players gave the little sluggers some tips and showed them how it’s done.
“I remember when I was (their) age playing ball, and guys came out and helped me,” Gregorious said. “For me being here with them was just amazing.
“Maybe they can be the future D-backs. You never know.”
John Terry, president of the Ahwatukee Little League, said the Diamondbacks providing jerseys to young teams frees up the league’s budget significantly.
“We were able to actually lower our fees and offer a significant discount to our families this year because of that,” Terry said. “In addition, we were able to make some significant improvements to our primary field that we play on in Ahwatukee. So we have the Diamondbacks to thank for that.”
Character Counts Finalist
- Horizon's Kody Huff more than a rising baseball star
- Campo Verde's Kanani Hiapo thrives on volleyball court, in the classroom
- Raymond S. Kellis sophomore Chase Weaver balances leadership roles in sports, church
- Westwood's Brianna Anderson makes big differences with little actions
- Marcos de Niza kicker Krysten Muir using football success to build up others
- Arcadia High School's Grant Loftin leads in lacrosse and beyond
- Williams Field High School junior Lindsay O'Driscoll finds time to help others
- Scottsdale Christian's Christina Clark has dreams, reality of helping others
- Golf, piloting and helping others are Brody Burnell's passions
- Teddy bear drive, speeches help Emery Miller inspire children to overcome adversity