Randy Johnson’s #51 Retirement – FOX Sports Arizona Coverage

Saturday August 8th was a day that FOX Sports Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks and D-backs fans have been looking forward to since the start of the 2015 season. Why? It was the  day newly inducted Baseball Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson would have his #51 retired by the D-backs. FOX Sports Arizona had the day covered extensively on televison  – and across all social media platforms as well!

Randy’s big day began at 9:30 am with FOX Sports Arizona replaying Randy Johnson’s 20 strikeout game as well as his perfect game before the jersey number retirement ceremony.

The FOX Sports Arizona Fan Express bus rolled to Chase Field from Tolleson as 50 lucky fans won two tickets to the game and the opportunity to ride on the Fan Express bus to watch the Diamondbacks take on the Cincinnati Reds on this special night.

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Chase Field had a playoff type atmosphere with a crowd of over 40,000 eagerly waiting for “The Big Unit” to take the Diamondback mound one last time.

 

At roughly 5:00 pm, Randy took his final walk from the Diamondback bullpen to greet the anxious Chase Field crowd. Making his way to the mound, he greeted the only other D-back to have his jersey number retired – Luis Gonzalez , as well as former and current Diamondbacks front office executives Jerry Colangelo, Joe Garagiola Jr, Ken Kendrick and Derrick Hall.

Before the ceremony began, current President and CEO Derrick Hall had a gift for the Rock ‘n Roll lefty. A limited edition Rush gold plated drum set! His reaction to this generous gift was priceless.

Randy thanked all of the front office, fans and family throughout the Diamondback organization for making his experience in Major League Baseball the best time of his life.

Once the game started and the fans settled into their seats, Randy made his way up to the FOX Sports Arizona broadcast booth to join former D-backs manager Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume on air. Even a little friend made a visit to remind Randy about that time on March 24th 2001.

Randy was a busy man doing interviews and talk shows but his big moment of fame came during the D-backs Legends Race.  Randy Johnson let teammate Mark Grace win his first ever Legends Race. Check out our Snapchat Story for all of the exclusive coverage from Saturday night.

Although the D-backs couldn’t get a win on Randy’s jersey retirement night, the evening was unforgettable. The fans, the Rush gold plated drum set, sitting in the booth with Bob and Steve and witnessing Gracie win the Legends Race, Chase Field was the place to be and FOX Sports Arizona was the network to watch!

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Welington Castillo goes full #BEEFMODE

Acquired from the Seattle Mariners back in June, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo has quickly become a fan favorite thanks to his increasing amount of home runs. With his instant success in Arizona, the hashtag #BEEFMODE came about to describe Castillo’s success on social media. Castillo loves his new nickname but confessed that he had never tried Beef Wellington, nor did he know anything about it. On Aug. 4 however, FOX Sports Arizona producer Brian Henry and reporter Jody Jackson made sure that Welington got to live up to his new #BEEFMODE lifestyle.

Jody and Brian reached out to Nathan Street, the executive chef of  Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse in Washington D.C. to see if the restaurant would partake in the #BEEFMODE phenomenon. Street agreed and the next day at Nationals Park, a 5-star dining experience was ready.

Then the moment of truth: #BEEFMODE met Beef Wellington for the first time.

“Mmm. That was really good, really good! Can I have it all?!”

#BEEFMODE took the Beef Wellington into the D-backs clubhouse and shared the beef with his teammates and coaches.

The #BEEFMODE affair took off.  Even Yahoo Sports Big League Stew wrote an article about the occasion. #BEEFMODE became a trending topic on Twitter in Phoenix before the game even started as word about the feast in DC spread on Twitter – and it was even trending higher then Miss Piggy!

#BEEFMODE is getting beefy!

Check out the whole story only on FOXSportsArizona.com

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KidKaster – Mackenzie

FOX Sports Arizona’s Sanderson Ford KidKaster, 12 year-old Mackenzie got to experience the Arizona Diamondback game like ever before on July 26th .

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To start off her day, Mackenzie got to interview one of her favorite Diamondbacks players, short stop Nick Ahmed. Mackenzie and Nick went back and forth about baseball and common interests!

Once her interview with Nick was over, she headed up to the FOX Sports Arizona pregame set where she sat down with Jody Jackson to do a segment on Diamondbacks Live!

Taking in all of the experiences so far, Mackenzie then went up to the PA booth where she got the opportunity to announce the Diamondbacks batting lineup in the 2nd inning. Although she could not spark the Diamondback offense, she had a blast being able to say the batters names for the whole stadium to hear.

At the top of the 3rd inning, Mackenzie found herself sitting next to Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume in the FOX Sports Arizona broadcast booth where they discussed her favorite hobbies and her favorite food-Bacon.

To finish off the day, Mackenzie got to go inside the FOX Sports Arizona production truck where she got a behind the scenes look and operated the switchboard. She ended her day with her family while watching the Diamondbacks defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0.

Remember, YOUR child could be next on the list for this once-in-a-lifetime experience! The next KidKaster Audition will be held Sunday, August 30th in the Sandlot. You must be between the ages of 10-14 to audition. Stayed tuned for future KidKaster dates by following FOX Sports Arizona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Check out Mackenzie’s full experience here!

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A Big Saturday for FOX Sports Arizona, COX Communications & the D-backs

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This past Saturday, FOX Sports Arizona, COX Communications and the Arizona Diamondbacks teamed up to give D-backs fans an opportunity to receive an autograph & picture from 2015 MLB All-Star A.J. Pollock at the Tempe Marketplace COX Solutions Store.

IMG_4711IMG_4733With A.J. scheduled to show up at the store at 10:30 am, fans were anxiously waiting in a line that wrapped around the entire outside of the store an hour before the event started. The crowd on hand was energized and ready to see the All-Star.

Fans poured into the COX Solutions Store with their jerseys, baseballs, posters and even a custom guitar all for A.J. to sign. A.J. took every picture and signed every autograph that was placed before him. Here is a link to view FOX Sports Arizona’s Snapchat story from the A.J. Pollock appearance.

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Later on in that afternoon, FOX Sports Arizona had our D-backs Fan Express bus rolling to Chase Field with winners and their guests from the Scottsdale/Tempe area to watch the Diamondbacks take on the San Francisco Giants on Star Wars night.

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The Fan Express winners received an A.J. Pollock bobble head on Star Wars Night at Chase Field and were the first to ride on the newly designed Fan Express bus featuring the Randy Johnson Hall of Fame graphic. If you would like the chance to ride in the Fan Express bus, you have only ONE more opportunity

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The next trip is:

Saturday, August 8th, vs Cincinnati Reds at the COX Soloutions Store in Tolleson, 9897 W. McDowell Rd,  Suite 700, Tolleson, 85353. Registration ends July 27.

P.S. This game is also Randy Johnson’s jersey retirement, so if you win, you will get to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience courtesy of COX and FOX Sports Arizona!

To enter, fans must register at the Tolleson COX Solutions Store by filling out a submission slip and dropping it into a registration box. Randomly selected winners will receive two tickets to the selected D-backs game, as well as a spot on the Fan Express bus for them and a guest.

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Diamondbacks on FOX Sports Arizona Attracts Largest Prime Time Audience in Phoenix

D-backs Games on FOX Sports Arizona are No. 1-rated Prime Time Programming

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– Since the start of the 2015 MLB season on April 6, Arizona Diamondbacks telecasts on FOX Sports Arizona are the highest-rated and most-viewed prime time programming on television in Phoenix.

– Through the first half of the season, D-backs telecasts are averaging a 4.2 household rating and 75,709 viewers in prime time (7 -10 pm). KPHO/CBS 5 follows at 3.6. *

_MG_1112– The D-backs made FOX Sports Arizona the day’s #1 rated network in Phoenix 33 times so far this season. D-backs ratings in 2015 are up 31% over last season’s average.

– Increases in MAJOR DEMOS on FOX Sports Arizona season to date are dominating the market, winning most nights in prime time:

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            Market Demographic        Percentage increase to date year-to year:

            Adults 18-49                                        +75%

            Adults 25-54                                         +87%

            Men 25-54                                             +75%

            Women 25-54                                       +111%

(* All data provided by Nielsen, 4/6/15 – 7/12/15)

FOX Sports Arizona televises the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive cable television home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals, Northern Arizona University, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers and the Arizona Interscholastic Association. FOX Sports Arizona is currently seen in 2.5 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services. And for even more coverage of the local sports scene, log onto www.FOXSportsArizona.com, www.twitter.com/foxsportsaz and www.facebook.com/foxsportsarizona.

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Arizona Coyotes Draft/Rally/Jersey Reveal Party – FOX Sports Arizona was there!

IMG_4443The Arizona Coyotes held its much anticipated 2015 NHL Draft/rally/jersey reveal party at Gila River Arena last Friday. With the recent legal troubles regarding the City of Glendale and the unveiling of a new jersey, fans were eager to come out and support their hometown Coyotes. And for those who weren’t there, FOX Sports Arizona provided real time coverage on its social media platforms that generated a big amount of traction.

Fans were invited down to Gila River Arena at 3 p.m. to start all of the pre-draft/rally festivities. With the jersey unveiling at 4, fan were able to walk around the arena to interact with staff before the NHL Draft and unveiling began. Once 4 o’clock hit, fans were sitting anxiously in their seats ready to see what the new look Coyotes. The curtain dropped, and the crowd went wild!

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Once the Coyotes unveiled their new jerseys, it was time for the 2015 NHL Draft to start. Optimism ran through Gila River Arena as fans were uncertain if the Coyotes were going to trade the third overall pick or keep it. With Connor McDavid going No. 1 to Edmonton and Jack Eichel going No. 2 to Buffalo, the Coyotes were on the clock. The arena became silent until they heard Don Maloney’s voice select Dylan Strome. The crowd went crazy as they knew a new era of Coyotes hockey was coming to the Valley.

coyotes draft twitter 5Interviews with President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc and current players Max Domi, Branden Perlini and Christian Dvorak soon followed after the selection of Strome.

Finally came the tour on @FOXSPORTSAZ. Fans got behind the scenes access of the players weight room, training facility and locker room. From their hockey sticks, their previous awards and being able to see where the player got ready, fans took in the whole NHL hockey team experience.

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Below is our whole coverage of this event though Snapchat. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat: foxsportsaz

 

 

 

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KidKaster – Father’s Day 2015

kk7FOX Sports Arizona’s Sanderson Ford KidKaster, 13-year-old Amber got an unbelievable experience on Sunday, June 21st.

First off, Amber got to interview one of her favorite Diamondback players, Ender Inciarte. Ender jokingly started  the interview speaking Spanish! Amber just laughed and said she knew he was joking.

kk3After her interview with Ender, Amber got the pleasure of sitting down with Jody Jackson and Brandon Webb on “Diamondbacks Live”.

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Amber than headed up to the PA booth for the 2nd inning to announce the D-backs batting lineup. Once in the booth, she instantly became their good luck charm, as during her time there, the D-backs scored seven runs!

For the top of the third inning, Amber then got to sit down with in-game broadcasters, Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume to talk about the game and her hobbies.

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Amber finished the day by touring the FOX Sports Arizona production truck and then watching the D-backs win 7-2 with her family on Father’s Day.

Remember, YOU could be next one who gets to do this once-in-a-lifetime experience! The next KidKaster audition will be held Sunday, July 26th. You must be between the ages of 10-14 to audition. Stayed tuned for future KidKaster dates by following FOX Sports Arizona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Below is our Snapchat story from the game. You can follow us on Snapchat at “FOXSportsAZ”.

Check out Amber’s full experience here!

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