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.
2016 Diamondbacks Season Preview
The Arizona Diamondbacks missed the playoffs for a 3rd straight season in 2014. Arizona finished the year in last place in the NL West with a disappointing 64-98 record. The poor performance during the season led to the dismissal of manager Kirk Gibson and left the Diamondbacks searching for a new leader heading into the 2015 MLB season. Other notable departures from the Arizona Diamondbacks this season are Miguel Montero, Wade Miley, and Didi Gregorius.
Despite the disappointing 2014 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have much to look forward to in 2015. The D-Backs brought in a host of new pitching talent including, Jeremy Hellickson, Allen Webster, and Robbie Ray. The Arizona Diamondbacks will also get a number of stars back from injury including Mark Trumbo and Bronson Arroyo. Look for a refreshed and revamped 2015 Arizona Diamondbacks team to compete in a tough NL West late in the 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.