Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Selig, Big Unit part of D-backs' opening festivities

 The D-backs paid tribute to a pair of baseball legends prior to their Opening Night game with the Giants on Monday, honoring former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and soon-to-be Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson.
A video tribute to Selig, who is now Commissioner Emeritus, played on the scoreboard, highlighting the many accomplishments during his tenure as Commissioner. Selig led Major League Baseball from Sept. 9, 1992, when, as chairman of MLB's executive council, he became interim Commissioner, until he relinquished his post on Jan. 24, 2015. He had been unanimously elected baseball's ninth Commissioner on July 9, 1998.
Selig was given a display case filled with magazine covers that represented big moments in Arizona Diamondbacks history in which he played a role, from the granting of the franchise in 1995 to the awarding of the 2011 All-Star Game to Phoenix.
Johnson, who was elected this January to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, received a huge ovation from the crowd as he took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Johnson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July, and on Aug. 8, the D-backs will retire his No. 51.

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