CRONKITE D-BACKS-STORIES

Arizona Diamondbacks set to play ball in 20th anniversary season

Mar 29, 2018, 6:07 PM
The Arizona Diamondbacks debut the 2018 regular season in tonight's game against the Colorado Rocki...
The Arizona Diamondbacks debut the 2018 regular season in tonight's game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field in Phoenix. (Katie Woo/Cronkite News)
(Katie Woo/Cronkite News)

PHOENIX — Just three days removed from their 20th anniversary as a franchise, the Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to play ball.

Chase Field is set to debut the first Diamondbacks game of the 2018 season. After a successful run in 2017 that included 93 wins, a National League Wild Card berth and an appearance in the National League Division Series, the Diamondbacks have much to build upon, and they’re ready for it.

“We’ve been waiting the whole offseason for this,” first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. “There’s a good amount of build up, there’s going to be a sold-out crowd. It’s always exciting. That adrenaline you can really use to your advantage.”

The Diamondbacks hope to utilize that adrenaline in their Opening Day matchup against their division rival, the Colorado Rockies, who they defeated last season in a one-game wildcard playoff to advance to the NLDS. Patrick Corbin will make his first career Opening Day start for the Diamondbacks and will square off against Rockies ace Jon Gray.

Corbin was tabbed the Opening Day starter in 2014 but missed the entire season after an injury in spring training resulted in Tommy John surgery.

“Everyone knows the story of Patrick Corbin,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “His ability to come back from his injury and start tonight is a really special story for all of us.”

The Diamondbacks are familiar with special stories after they clinched their first playoff berth in six seasons last year. Although they were swept by the eventual league champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the division series, Goldschmidt emphasized that the only chip they have on their shoulder this season is the same one every other team has — to win the World Series.

“I think every team does (have a chip), except maybe the Astros, and the chip on their shoulder is they want to do it again,” Goldschmidt said. “I don’t think it’s any different than any other year.”

Outfielder A.J. Pollock echoed Goldschmidt, stating that Opening Day is without a doubt exciting but also just one game.

“It’s a first for everything,” Pollock said. “I think that’s what everyone gets excited about. Baseball is underway and you get to play some ball that means something.

“It’s the first game. It’s a little different, it’s kind of built up more than it really is. It’s one game, the season isn’t make or break, but it’s fun. Fans will be excited, we will be excited and hopefully we get a W.”

Penguin Air

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Cronkite D-backs-Stories

Eduardo Escobar tries to make weekly appearances to community events including trips to the Diamond...
Cronkite Sports

At bat for kids: Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar driven to give back

After a challenging upbringing in Venezuela Diamondbacks third baseman Eduardo Escobar committed to giving back to Arizona community.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler fires one of his submarine pitches while saving the Diamon...
Estaban Manzo

Trade deadline additions position D-backs with depth for postseason push

Despite not making any blockbuster moves, the Arizona Diamondbacks were busy at the 2018 trade deadline. What do those moves mean going forward?
4 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt reacts after striking out against Colorado Rockies starting ...
Estaban Manzo

Absolute power: Strikeout trend continues as homers become priority

Major League Baseball is on pace to see its single-season strikeout record broken for the 11th consecutive year. Will changes to the sport follow?
4 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, center, celebrates his run scored with Steven Souza Jr. (28...
Natalie Braun

Two Diamondbacks among those receiving toughest called third strikes

Two Diamondbacks are among the players called out for borderline strikes the most since 2015. But is it actually a side effect of good plate discipline?
4 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley delivers pitch to Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond ...
Natalie Braun

Diamondbacks’ bullpen making a case to be seen as the best in baseball

Despite not racking up huge strikeout totals like other bullpens around MLB, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen boasts the best ERA in the league.
4 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, center, is congratulated after scoring on a double hit by K...
Natalie Braun

Paul Goldschmidt has week to remember after month-long hitting skid

Following a career-worst cold streak through the month of May, Paul Goldschmidt may be back to his usual MVP-caliber self.
4 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks set to play ball in 20th anniversary season