The first game of the Arizona Diamondbacks' regular-season schedule will feature award presentations, an awesome flyover and a ceremonial first pitch featuring D-backs from past and present.
The D-backs have announced their full list of scheduled festivities, ceremonies and giveaways before their Opening Day game vs. the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night at Chase Field. They include:
-An Opening Day Street Festival, which will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Gila River Casinos Plaza along Fourth Street and Jackson Street. Food trucks, D-backs inflatables and live music will be a part of the festival.
-Rally towels and a 2018 D-backs schedule magnet for the first 40,000 fans.
-Presentations of the National League Manager of the Year award to D-backs manager Torey Lovullo, a Silver Slugger Award to D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, and Gold Glove Awards to Goldschmidt and pitcher Zack Greinke.
-A national anthem rendition by Roger Clyne, who sings the "D-backs Swing" song heard at the end of every D-backs home win.
-A flyover by four F-16s from the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force base at the end of the national anthem.
-A ceremonial first pitch by members of all six D-backs teams to advance to the postseason: Erubiel Durazo (1999), Luis Gonzalez (2001), Mark Grace (2002), Brandon Webb (2007), J.J. Putz (2011) and Archie Bradley (2017).