Arizona spring training ballpark ‘bringing baseball back home’ to Indian land
Salt River Fields, where the Diamondbacks and Rockies now have spring training, is the first Major League ballpark on Native American land, but not the first time ball games have been played on indigenous land.
Reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz. — The paint has barely dried on the Dodgers’ new spring training digs in Glendale, Ariz., and another new venue is making its debut in Arizona’s Cactus League.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the third new ballpark in Arizona’s spring circuit in the last three years, is the new spring home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The first Major League facility to be built on Native American land, it’s on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community bordering Scottsdale.
The arrival of the Diamondbacks and Rockies at Salt River Fields consolidates all 15 Cactus League teams in the Phoenix metropolitan area and makes the Diamondbacks and Rockies neighbors with their National League West division rival San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.
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Obama’s pre-game toss before the Nationals’ take on the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies on April 5 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the first time a president participated in the Opening Day ceremony.
President William Howard Taft began the tradition on April 14, 1910, before the Washington Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0 on a one-hitter by Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.
The ceremony will be the 48th time a president tossed the Opening Day pitch in Washington.
“Opening Day of the baseball season is a special event for our country and its importance has been reinforced by the 100-year history of presidential participation,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who will attend the game, said in a statement.
“I am proud that President Obama will continue the long presidential tradition of throwing out the first pitch of Opening Day in Washington D.C.”