D-backs announce details of pregame ceremony honoring Randy Johnson
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks will retire Randy Johnson’s No. 51 this Saturday; a special pregame ceremony honoring Randy Johnson will begin at 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. to enjoy the ceremony.
The ceremony will feature D-backs General Managing Partner Ken Kendrick, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, D-backs Legend Luis Gonzalez, former D-backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo, and MLB Senior Vice President and original D-backs General Manager Joe Garagiola, Jr.
A special gift presentation to Randy Johnson from Kendrick and Hall will take place, and a video montage showing highlights of Johnson’s career will be shown. The No. 51 that will permanently hang above the Legends Suites in right field will be unveiled.
On Saturday, all D-backs players and coaches will wear No. 51 on their batting practice jerseys with a commemorative patch on the sleeve. During the game, D-backs players and coaches will wear their traditional black jerseys featuring a Randy Johnson No. 51 commemorative patch on the sleeve and cap. The game-worn jerseys and caps, game-used baseballs and bases will be auctioned off online at www.dbacks.com/auction. Additional game-used items, including the batting practice jerseys, will be available for purchase at D-backs Authentics at section 141 along the main concourse. Net proceeds from the sale of all game-used items will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.
Gates to Chase Field will open at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the D-backs will give away 50,000 commemorative Randy Johnson No. 51 Retirement T-shirts, courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores. Fans will also have the chance to take a photo with Randy Johnson’s National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque, the 2001 World Series trophy, and Johnson’s Cy Young Awards (1999, 2002) at both Friday and Saturday’s games in the Right Field Deck.
Throughout the weekend, the D-backs Team Shop, presented by Majestic, will feature several commemorative Randy Johnson No. 51 Retirement merchandise items for fans to purchase, including authentic and replica Majestic jerseys with “Johnson” and “51” and the commemorative patch, Majestic name and number T-shirts, Men’s and Women’s commemorative logo T-shirts, Rawlings official game and souvenir balls, lanyards, pennants, rally towels, and lapel pins, along with New Era fitted and adjustable caps.
Tickets are available for this Saturday’s game and can be purchased at the Chase Field Box Office, by calling (602) 514-8400 or online at www.dbacks.com.