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Hey, batter! Arizona Diamondbacks’ FanFest set for weekend

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PHOENIX — More than 25,000 devoted fans are expected at downtown’s Chase Field on Saturday afternoon for the D-Backs FanFest.

Admission to the event is free and scheduled to run from noon until 4 p.m.

“This continues to grow each year, where we expect even more people to be there,” team spokesman Josh Rawitch said.

“For 25,000 people to show up at Chase when there’s not a game on the field tells you how excited people are.”

Fans can meet the players, get pictures and autographs and get a good look at the World Series trophy from the 2001 season.

Speaking of that trophy, Diamondbacks legends Mark Grace, Luis Gonzalez and Matt Williams, who were all part of the championship team, will be at FanFest.

Going into spring training there’s a buzz surrounding the team that hasn’t been there in several years.

During the offseason, the D-Backs made some changes to their roster and to their uniforms. The new uniforms will be on display

The team signed free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke to a franchise-record six-year contract and added All-Stars Shelby Miller, Jean Segura and Tyler Clippard to the pitching staff.

The D-backs worked out for the first time in 2016 on Thursday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

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