You never know what will happen when you go to the ballpark – or tune into a game on television.
The D-backs and Yankees wrapped up their series last night (April 18) and the D-backs exciting 12-inning 6-2 win wasn’t the only storyline. There was also Didi Gregorius homering in his first at-bat in a D-backs uniform — on the first pitch he saw, Patrick Corbin dealing in front of family and friends against the team he grew up cheering for, two catcher interference calls and then THIS…
One guy in the stands catching TWO home runs. Yes, that’s right. The same guy caught not one, but two home runs in the same game – and he was wearing D-backs gear at Yankee Stadium! Here’s the story that FOX Sports Arizona shared with its television audience (one that peaked at a 5.8 rating – 104,550 Phoenix households at 8:00 pm) as well as on social media and FOXSportsArizona.com.
Gregorious led off the third inning with the homer to right field that was caught by a man wearing a D-backs hat and shirt. At first, everyone just thought it was a lone D-backs fan who wouldn’t give into Yankees fans demands to throw it back. Then later, it was discovered this “fan” who caught the ball was New Yorker Zack Hample, the notorious baseball collector and author who has now caught over 6500 baseballs at MLB games.
The story then takes a even crazier turn in the bottom of the 9th inning when Hample catches his SECOND home run of the night — New York’s Francisco Cervelli homer to left field that tied the game and forced extra innings.
FOX Sports Arizona stayed on the story during the game and Jody Jackson found Hample after the first home run catch for an interview. In it, Hample claimed he would have caught a third from D-back Martin Parado if not for preparing for the interview with Jackson!
@FOXSPORTSAZ was also on top of it to continue conversation on social media — showcasing the first home run catch (when it was believed he was a D-backs fan), the second home run and Hample’s tweet about the first catch and the second one as well. The first catch was highlighted on FOX Sports Arizona’s Facebook page and became its most-liked and shared photo ever.
Then finally, FOXSportsArizona.com wrapped it up with a story and photo of Hample meeting Gregorius after the game.
Posted in D-backs, Uncategorized
Tagged @FOXSPORTSAZ, D-backs, Didi Gregorius, Facebook, foxsportsarizona.com, Jody Jackson, Patrick Corbin, Twitter, Yankee Stadium, Zack Hemple
Major League Baseball’s opening day is right around the corner and we’re excited to announce the addition of a well-respected broadcaster to our unmatched menu of Arizona Diamondbacks television coverage!
Starting this year, our Sunday pre-game and post-game shows will feature a new lineup as the popular Jody Jackson will be joined on the “Diamondbacks Live” set by Cindy Brunson. The former ESPN SportsCenter anchor joins Jody this year to offer her experience and broadcasting excellence every Sunday when the D-backs play at home for what is believed to be the only all-female hosting duo of a baseball pre-game and post-game show. Prior to coming to the desert, Brunson spent the past 13 years working for ESPN.
Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin wrote about Brunson joining FOX Sports Arizona last Sunday and if you missed it, here it is.
In addition to watching Brunson on Sunday’s this year, you can also follow her on Twitter via @CindyBrunsonAZ.
FOX Sports Arizona’s D-backs coverage starts on opening day – April 1 – when they host the St. Louis Cardinals. A special one-hour “Diamondbacks Live” pregame show begins the night’s festivities at 6:00 pm.
FOX Sports Arizona’s first-ever weekly show devoted to D-backs Spring Training coverage debuts tonight at 7:00 pm. “D-backs Cactus League Weekly, Presented by Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing” will air every Tuesday during Spring Training and will offer unmatched television coverage of the Snakes during their stay at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.
The show is hosted by the D-backs new play-by-play announcer Steve Berthiaume and will have contributions from Todd Walsh, Jody Jackson, Bob Brenly, Jack Magruder, Joe Borowski and Lisa Blanco. Here’s a rundown of what you will see in the 5-show series and part of an interview Todd did with Steve at a Spring training institution – Don & Charlie’s.
* Bob Brenly contributes a video scouting report / breakdown of key D-backs players
* Longtime Arizona resident Todd Wash takes new Arizona resident Steve Berthiaume to various Cactus League haunts in the “Man About Town” segment
* FOXSportsArizona.com’s Jack Magruder’s News & Notes from around the team
* Jody Jackson files weekly interview profile pieces
* Joe Borowski sits down with J.J. Putz, David Hernandez and new D-back Heath Bell as part of the Bullpen Roundtable
* Kevin Towers provides a “Prospect Watch” on young D-backs who could pay in the Majors as soon as this year
* Game of the Week highlights from Cactus League action
Posted in D-backs
Tagged Arizona Diamondbacks, Bob Brenly, Cactus League, Jack Magruder, Jody Jackson, Joe Borowski, Kevin Towers, Salt River Fields, Spring Training, Steve Berthiaume, Todd Walsh
Happy Holidays to you and your family from everyone here at FOX Sports Arizona & FOXSportsArizona.com! Here’s our special holiday greeting to introduce a new staff member who will help us “Bring The Game Ho-Ho-Home!”
All the best in 2013 – click on the photo below to watch the video!
The 2012 Rocky Mountain Emmy nominations were announced last night at Tom’s Tavern in downtown Phoenix and once again, FOX Sports Arizona figured prominently in the honors.
The network was nominated for 15 Emmys spread across 13 different categories, including recognition for original programming, live programming, promos, PSAs, writing and more – here is the complete list:
Sports Program/Feature – daily or weekly program
- The 10th Inning (Josh Kelman, Tom Elsner, Al Porteous, Todd Walsh)
- “The Office Parody” (Al Porteous, Josh Kelman)
Sports – one time special
- Never Stop Competing (Jason Lewis, Josh Kelman, Tom Elsner)
Live Sporting Event/Game
- Diamondbacks Clinch the West (Jason Lewis, Mitch Riggin, Gregson Frampton)
Interview/discussion – feature/segment
- Snapshot: Steve Nash (Tom Elsner)
- Snapshot: Mike Smith (Josh Kelman, Graham Taylor)
Interview/discussion – program/special/series
- Mark Grace’s Diamondbacks Championship Theater (Mark Reda, Josh Kelman, Tom Elsner)
- Frank Kush: In My Own Words (Jody Jackson, Al Porteous, Josh Kelman)
Magazine program – program/special
- Steve Nash: Planet Orange Primetime (Brad Steinke)
Public Service Announcement – spot/campaign
- AmenZone (Jeff Hallas, Al Porteous, Rusty Francisco)
Program Promo – sports
- Arizona Diamondbacks “Scope” Promo (Dan Omahen)
- Expressions of Light (Rusty Francisco)
- Todd Walsh Writing Composite
Student Production Long Form Fiction/Non-fiction
- Sun Devils 101: Todd Graham Exclusive – ASU Cronkite School
The Emmy Awards will be handed out on Oct. 6 at the 35th Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards Gala at University of Phoenix Stadium.