The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced they will be playing a Spring Training game in Tucson at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium (formerly TEP) against the Chicago White Sox. The game is scheduled for Monday, March 7, at 1:05 p.m. Proceeds from the game will go to the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fun.
Christina was the nine-year-old girl tragically shot and killed in the Tucson shootings. The young lady was a student leader, ballet dancer and Little League Baseball player. The proceeds are supporting Tucson youth in her name.
"Our family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for our sweet Christina. This charitable fund will ensure her legacy for the children in our community," said John Green, Christina's father.
"Yeah, I wish we weren't part of it," said Sox general manager Ken Williams, referring to the Jan. 8 tragedy that claimed Green and five other victims and wounded 14 people. "I'm very short with my answer there, but I wish we weren't a part of it. I wish it wouldn't have happened obviously. And it's tragic."
Christina's grandfather is former MLB manager Dallas Green and her father works in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as a scout.
Additional Games Announced
The Diamondbacks also announced today they will close out Spring Training season with exhibition games against the Monterrey Sultanes on March 29 and the Quintana Roo Tigres March 30 at Chase Field. The games mark the second time Arizona has hosted Mexican League teams in exhibition games at Chase Field.
Along with the International League and Pacific Coast League, the Mexican League is one of three leagues playing at the Triple-A level. The Mexican League is the only Triple-A league sanctioned by Minor League Baseball outside of the United States, even though the teams in the league are not affiliated with any MLB teams.