Newest Diamondbacks take in first FanFest

Feb 10, 2013, 5:32 AM | Updated: 5:37 am

The Arizona Diamondbacks were one of the most active clubs in baseball during the offseason.

General manager Kevin Towers brought in several new players, and the D-backs FanFest on February 9 at Chase Field provided the perfect opportunity for fans to get a look at the fresh faces.

They came in the numbers yet again this year, lining up for autographs, firing questions at their favorite players and taking the opportunity to meet veteran and rookie D-backs prior to Spring Training.

New additions Cody Ross, Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy participated in their first event in Sedona Red jerseys, and based on reactions, they all feel like they’ve found a comfortable home in the Valley.

“I’m really enjoying it so far,” McCarthy said. “I like the setup they have here.

“It’s a well-put together event that I would assume, if you’re a fan, it’s a lot of fun to be at.”

While McCarthy is used to getting to know a new team and its fans (Arizona is his fourth Major League stop, Martin Prado, another one of Towers’ acquisitions, is not.

Prado has spent his entire professional career with the Atlanta Braves, meaning this is providing a whole new experience for the 29-year-old. The Venezuelan native was greeted with a warm welcome from the fans when he took the stage for Q&A.

“I think people understand that I work so hard to fit myself in the team,” Prado said. “It means that people respect what I do.

“I’m more (of) a ‘Let’s do this’ and ‘Let’s go 27 outs no matter what’ kind of guy. I hope that they can respect that here too.”

Just like Prado, Ross brings veteran leadership to a Diamondbacks club that underachieved last season.

After moving through three different clubhouses in the last four seasons, Ross feels the D-backs offer the right fit for him. As an ex-Giant, the 31-year-old has experienced a fair share of boos in the orange and black at Chase Field, but says it’s nice to be on the other side.

“This has always been one of my favorite places to come and play,” Ross said. “A lot of these fans have seen me on the other side, playing against them, (but) I look forward to going out there everyday and strapping it on for these fans.”

Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter throws a pitch to a young fan. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) A broad view of the 2013 Diamondbacks Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton gets a photo taken with some fans. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel signs an autograph for a young fan. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) A couple Diamondbacks fans take give karaoke a shot. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) A young fan takes a swing at Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy answers some questions at Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) A look at Diamondbacks Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall (left) and general manager Kevin Towers (right) answer questions at Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero talks to the media at Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is interviewed at Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy answers media questions at Fan Fest. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy answers media questions at Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks broadcaster Greg Schulte is on stage with president Derrick Hall and general manager Kevin Towers. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton talks with the media at Fan Fest. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

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