This week in Diamondbacks
By Christopher Gaine
Baseball came back this week. Grinch took the mound. So did Shelby Miller. It was a busy week for the Diamondbacks, who played their first five games of the season. Here’s all of the news and headlines from last week, in case you missed them:
- The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that they are opening up “PetSmart Park,” a section of Chase Field for fans with dogs. The team will now admit dogs into this section for Sunday home games.
- Chip Hale and several Diamondbacks players defended Salt River Fields from criticisms levied by Troy Tulowitzki. “Tulo” likened the facility to “a country club,” which is somehow a bad thing.
- The Diamondbacks won their first spring training game to the Rockies on Wednesday by a score of 6-3.
- ESPN is addressing more controversial comments by Diamondbacks legend Curt Schilling. Schilling said that “she should be buried under a jail somewhere” due to her email scandal.
- Chip Hale predicted a breakout year for David Peralta on Thursday. “I think he is going to be the guy this year that sort of blossoms like A.J. [Pollock] did last year,” Hale said to Fox Sports. “… He’s a grinder and the way he plays the game — I think one thing baseball fans are starting to get back to and appreciating is the way to play the game and that’s why I think fans do care for our team and do really get into it, because we play the game the right way and we will continue to do that — and David is one of those leaders. His nickname is the ‘Freight Train’ and he plays like a freight train.”
- Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller made their long-awaited Diamondbacks debuts this week. Greinke pitched two scoreless innings against the A’s on Friday, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Miller’s day did not go as well; he allowed two runs and five hits in two innings against the Dodgers on Saturday.
- The Diamondbacks currently sit at 3-2 on the Cactus League season.