The Diamondbacks are one of Major League Baseball’s youngest teams, playing its inaugural season in 1998. The first season of Diamondback baseball was a tough one for fans, as Arizona finished last in the NL West with a 65-97 record. The following year however, the Diamondbacks turned the ship around and went from worst to first, winning the division with 100 wins thanks to the play of Randy Johnson, Jay Bell, Matt Williams and Luis Gonzalez. The season would end on a sour note however, as the Diamondbacks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Mets. Two seasons later Arizona had no such problems in the first round. After adding Curt Schilling to the pitching staff, the Diamondbacks knocked off the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves en route to a World Series matchup with the New York Yankees. In the deciding Game 7, Arizona scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the franchise’s first title. Since the World Series title, Arizona has made three more trips to the postseason. In 2002 the Diamondbacks were eliminated in the NLDS by the Cardinals, in 2007 they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies before falling to the Colorado Rockies in the NLCS, and in 2011 Arizona lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the playoffs. Luis Gonzalez’s No. 20 is the only retired number for the Diamondbacks. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Arizona Diamondbacks baseball tickets.
2014 Diamondbacks Season Preview
The Diamondbacks have missed the playoffs each of the last two years, but manager Kirk Gibson is looking to become a factor in the NL West once again in 2014. Bronson Arroyo was the big pitching pickup of the offseason, and GM Kevin Towers hopes to get solid production out of Trevor Cahill and the oft-injured Brandon McCarthy. On the offensive side, the D-Backs went out and picked up a big bat in Mark Trumbo, who should bring in another 30+ home runs into the lineup. He’ll fit in nicely behind Paul Goldschmidt and should help Arizona not leave so many runners in scoring position as they did in 2013.
It’s a make or break season in Arizona, and if the Diamondbacks fail to contend for a playoff spot there will be big moves made in both management and personnel. Get ready for some exciting baseball in the desert this season.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball at Chase Field Address: 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004
The Diamondbacks play their home games at Chase Field, located in Phoenix, Arizona. When filled to capacity, Chase Field holds more than 48,000 screaming fans. Among the amenities at Chase Field are the Ramtrucks.com Pool and The Sandlot, where younger Diamondback fans can play ball and much more. The Arizona Diamondbacks dugout is on the Chase Field third base line in front of sections N-Q. Chase Field parking information is covered in our Diamondbacks event guide.
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
The Diamondbacks and the Rockies joined the MLB and have turned a division, known for traditional powers, on its head. With the Dodgers and Giants gaining much of the headlines in the division, these two teams quietly created one of the best rivalries in the NL. The rivalry really jumped off when the Diamondbacks and Rockies met for the 2007 NLCS. Since then both teams have been trying to get back to that elite level, and have produced some unbelievable games in the process.
Diamondbacks vs. Giants
From 1999 to 2012, the Diamondback and Giants combined for 9 divisional championships and were really the class of the NL West. Despite the Dodgers, Rockies, and Padres producing some great teams in that time period, the Diamondbacks and Giants dominated the division, and won 3 World Series titles between them. Although the Diamondbacks are a relative newcomer to the baseball world, they have quickly built one of the best clubs in the west, and this matchup has evolved into a clash of titans.
Diamondbacks vs. Padres
The Diamondbacks and Padres have been divisional rivals since Arizona joined as an expansion team in 1998. The matchup between these two teams immediately became intense as they both saw extended success in the early and mid-2000s. From 2001 to 2007 the Diamondbacks and Padres combined for 5 of 7 divisional titles, and were consistently among the best teams in baseball. This intensity has continued and this remains one of the most passionate rivalries in the west.
Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
It didn’t take long for the Arizona Diamondbacks to make an impact in Major League Baseball. After becoming a franchise in 1998, the Diamondbacks won their first division title in 1999. Two years later, Arizona completed the trifecta by winning the division, NLCS, and the World Series. The Diamondbacks have gone on to win 4+ division titles during their history and will only add to that number in the upcoming seasons.
Arizona Diamondbacks Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Diamondbacks game?
Monday through Thursday gates open 90 minutes before game time. Gates open 2 hours before the first pitch for weekend games.
Where are good places to eat before a Diamondbacks game?
Some of Arizona’s best dining options are located near Chase Field. Pizza lovers should try Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana, or Cibo. If you are looking for a trendier dining option, try Tuck Shop, they have some of the best chicken and waffles around and is perfect or all the foodies out there. For a higher end dining experience try Durant’s, or Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar. There are a few great Mexican food restaurants in the area. We recommend trying La Canasta Mexican Foods, Pitic Restaurant, or Tacos La Hacienda. If you are looking to try something new, check out Nobuo At Teeter House. Nobuo has great Japanese dining, and is perfect for the adventurous diner. Other good places in the area are Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Pizzeria Bianco, and The Hero Factory.
Where is the best place to park at Chase Field?
Parking for Chase Field is spread out over a few small locations. The largest and most convenient parking are is on the north side of the stadium just north of Jefferson Street at the large parking garage. There is a smaller parking garage to the southwest of the stadium on the east side of 4th street. A third parking garage is located between 4th and 3rd just south of Jefferson Street. If you are not afraid of a walk, try looking on the south side of Monroe Street. There are a few parking garages in this area from 3rd to 7th streets.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children over the age of 2 years old or are taller than the turnstile are required to have a ticket to enter the stadium.
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Take me out to the ballgame Great stadium, great seats, nice crowd, used the light-rail..............fantastic for myself and my daughter....will defiitely do it again........ August 26, 2012
Great Place to Watch a Ballgame! Chase Field--formerly the B.O.B.--is a great place to watch a ballgame. There isn't a bad seat in the house. Groups can rent the pool out in right field and combine two of America's favorite pasttimes, swimming and baseball, into one. The Diamondbacks have fallen on hard times in recent seasons, but there remains hope. Arizona is one of the best places in baseball to play and live. It shouldn't be long until the D-Backs are back on top of the baseball world. Diamondback fans can't wait. August 25, 2010