Charity game in Tucson: D-backs 6, Dodgers 3: Teams 'honored' to play in game

2011-03-26T00:00:00Z 2014-07-09T11:50:54Z Charity game in Tucson: D-backs 6, Dodgers 3: Teams 'honored' to play in gameSarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 26, 2011 12:00 am  • 

They were remembered on the outfield walls, where their six names hung on brown banners.

They were remembered on white wristbands and purple wristbands that were passed out to the major-league players before the spring-training game.

They were remembered during a moment of silence that quieted the bustling, sellout crowd of 10,820 before the game.

Proceeds from the Arizona Diamondbacks' and Los Angeles Dodgers' game Friday at Kino Stadium will go toward the Tucson Together Fund, which assists those impacted by the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Fans flocked to the ballpark to see two popular teams when the weather was perfect - and they also wanted to support a charitable event. Officials estimated about $100,000 would be raised for the Tucson Together Fund. The Diamondbacks won 6-3.

"It's wonderful. I'm really happy the Dodgers did this," said Betty Beem, 72, of Tucson.

Baseball personnel who made the trip to Tucson were happy to help, and those who received support were appreciative. Both teams brought several of their major-league regulars from their camps in the Phoenix area.

"It's more than us making the trip - it's the people of Tucson coming out and supporting a great cause," D-backs right fielder Justin Upton said. "We're excited to be here."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said although the trip was two days before his team breaks camp for the regular season, several of his players volunteered for the game.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the game can be a step in the healing process. Dallas Green, the former major-league manager and grandfather of shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green, wrote a letter to Gibson thanking his team for participating in another charity game, March 7, in Tucson against the Chicago White Sox.

"It's the least we can do," Gibson said. "We're honored to be a part of it. The city has to rebuild, so hopefully this helps."

The game also provided a getaway. Jesus Tiznado, 39, of Tucson took off work to attend the game with his sons, Miguel, 11, and David, 9. Donning mitts, they hung out beyond first base during Dodgers batting practice and hoped to attain autographs. Tiznado said he bought tickets the day they went on sale, and they were looking forward to seeing Dodgers stars Andre Ethier and James Loney.

Dallas Green, the 11-year-old brother of Christina-Taylor Green, and Ken Dorushka, who was shot in the arm during the shooting while shielding his wife, threw out ceremonial first pitches, which were caught by Gibson and Mattingly.

"It was an awesome environment to play in front of," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "It was really fun to be out there and play, but at the same time, it was important for us to be here, too, for us to respect and honor those lost in this tragedy."

The Greens attended the event and said they appreciated the overflow of support. Wristbands, pins and T-shirts were sold for charity.

"The Tucson community - look at the crowd out there - that's what we're proud of," said John Green, a Dodgers scout and the father of Christina-Taylor Green.

 

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