Scottsdale mayor tosses first pitch at Giants' spring training opener

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr
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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr
By Jim Carr By Jim Carr
By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane is throwing out the first pitch of the spring training season opener between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants.

Lane said Friday's opening day game is an exciting day for the city of Scottsdale as he gave locals a preview of his pitch on live television Friday morning during KTVK's “Good Morning! Arizona.”

“We’ve stepped it up on all levels,” Lane said. “It’s going to be a Giants town for the month of March.”

One of the new elements of this year’s spring training, Lane said, is the Cactus League Legacy Trail. It’s a series of exhibits designed to bring 50 years of Cactus League history to life. The Trail is made up of six memorabilia collections in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix.

Friday’s game is the home opener for the Giants, who are the 2010 World Series Champion, and the game is sold out. Some 20,000 baseball fans are expected to pack Scottsdale Stadium.

As reigning World Series champs, the Giants are drawing national attention; ESPN will be broadcasting live from the Charros Lodge at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Scottsdale Charros, a service organization founded in 1961, has teamed up with the city of Scottsdale to host the Giants’ spring training games.

The partnership between the city, the Charros and the Giants will keep the team in Scottsdale for spring training until 2025. It's estimated that spring training generates more than $10 million in revenue for the city and its merchants.

Even though Friday's game was sold out, fans were camped out at the stadium before 6 a.m.

Game time is 1 p.m.