Paul Goldschmidt: Arizona Diamondbacks First Baseman

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman, photographed at Chase Field, by Nicki Escudero

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman, photographed at Chase Field, by Nicki Escudero

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No matter what happens, Paul Goldschmidt never loses his positive attitude. The 2014 season was a tough one for the Arizona Diamondbacks two-time Major League Baseball All-Star, who was sidelined in August and September with a hand injury. The team completed the season with the worst record in the MLB, and manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell were fired this past Friday, leaving the team with a lot of re-building to do in the off-season.

Despite all the disappointments, Goldschmidt, who signed a five-year contract with the D-Backs last year, remains optimistic about his team. The 27-year-old Scottsdale resident, a Delaware native who grew up in the Houston area, talked about how he’ll be spending the off-season, why he’s passionate about giving back through charity, and what he likes to do for fun. Keep reading to watch Goldschmidt name his five favorite reasons for living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

Playing for the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks drafted me in 2009 out of college (at Texas State). I was in the minor leagues, so I lived in Montana, California and Alabama.

Then, I got called up here to Phoenix and loved my two months in the season, and decided to stay out here with my wife and rent a place. I heard so many things about it and had so much fun in the off-season, we decided to stay here and make it home. Continue reading

Bob Brenly: Arizona Diamondbacks Broadcaster, Former Manager

Bob Brenly, Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster and former Arizona Diamondbacks World Series-winning manager, photographed at Chase Field, by Nicki Escudero

Bob Brenly, Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster and former Arizona Diamondbacks World Series-winning manager, photographed at Chase Field, by Nicki Escudero

Bob Brenly
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Bob Brenly helped create one of the coolest moments in Arizona history: when the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series in 2001, as manager of the team. His friendly demeanor and honest approach as a Diamondbacks broadcaster translated to the field as the leader for the championship-winning team, and now the 60-year-old Scottsdale resident is back in the booth, calling games as a color commentator for FOX Sports Arizona.

The former San Francisco Giants catcher offered his insight to this year’s Diamondbacks team and how he’s evolved as an announcer. Keep reading to see a video of him talk about his favorite reasons for living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’ve been here since ’97, when I first took the job to come here and broadcast back in ’98. (Former Chicago Cubs announcer) Thom Brennaman was made the play-by-play voice here, and Thom and I had a relationship for years. He said, “Hey, why don’t we both go down to the desert and put the band together down there?”

That’s what brought me to Arizona, but, of course, I had been coming here for spring training since 1976 or ’77 (as a player), so I was familiar with the Valley, too. Continue reading

Danielle Kamela: Fox Sports Arizona Girl


Danielle Kamela
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If you love Arizona sports, you’ve probably seen Danielle Kamela on the court, field or screen. She’s danced for the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns and is now a Fox Sports Arizona Girl, connecting the fans to all four major Arizona teams through social media updates and charity work. The 25-year-old Scottsdale resident and native can also be seen in local commercials and print ads, as she is also an actor and model represented by The Agency Arizona. Catch her on Fox Sports Arizona, and keep scrolling to hear five reasons why she’s glad to say she’s Arizona born and raised.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m proud to say I’m a native. I was born and raised here in Scottsdale and went to Chaparral High School, then to Arizona State University. At ASU, I majored in communications and tourism. Aside from my love and passion for sports, I love to travel and enjoy experiencing new places and learning about different cultures. It was great to be able to combine my interests in communications and broadcasting and travel here in my hometown. Continue reading

Jody Jackson: Fox Sports Arizona Reporter

Jody Jackson
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Jody Jackson is blonde and gorgeous and fits right in on a football field — not in a cheerleading outfit, but as one of the most well-respected professional sports reporters for the Arizona Cardinals for Fox Sports Arizona, as well as for the Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks. The 40-year-old Tempe resident is a veteran reporter, with nearly 20 years of sports reporting experience and covering the Valley’s pros for nearly 15. Jackson shared her thoughts on the recently completed Diamondbacks season, as well as her predictions for the Coyotes and Cardinals, below. Keep reading to also watch a video of Jackson talking about five of her favorite reasons for living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I grew up in South Florida and was born in Hallandale, and I was there until I was 23. I’m a graduate of the University of Miami, and then worked at a sports radio station. Buffalo, N.Y. was my first TV job, and I spent a few years there. Fox Sports was branching out with these regional networks. I was offered a similar position in Atlanta, Denver or Phoenix, and I chose Phoenix.

I wanted to thaw out and be warm again, because Buffalo was not. I had been to Atlanta a number of times, and Phoenix intrigued me. Here I am almost 14 years later. Continue reading

Todd Walsh: Fox Sports Arizona Reporter

Todd Walsh, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes reporter for Fox Sports Arizona, photographed at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Todd Walsh, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes reporter for Fox Sports Arizona, photographed at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Todd Walsh
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Todd Walsh cares more about the stories than the stats in sports. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes reporter for Fox Sports Arizona has covered Arizona sports for more than 20 years and has won seven Emmy Awards for his efforts. The 49-year-old Scottsdale resident has reported on virtually every Arizona sport you can think of, from men’s and women’s tennis, to the PGA. He also covered music journalism and has talked to everyone from Bono to Eddie Vedder. He talked about what keeps him going in his grinding schedule, and keep scrolling to watch a video of him talking about his five favorite things about Arizona.

What brought you to Arizona?

My older sister left Rochester, New York, with her husband when they got married, since he was a grad student at the U of A. I’ve always had this child-like fascination with Arizona. I visited them, and I was hooked, and that was all that I talked about. It was a dream of mine to attend the U of A since junior high school. I was accepted my freshman year, but chickened out. I went one year to St. John Fisher College in Rochester before I transferred for my sophomore year. Continue reading

Cody Ross: Arizona Diamondbacks Outfielder

Cody Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder, photographed at Chase Field, by Nicki Escudero

Cody Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder, photographed at Chase Field, by Nicki Escudero

Cody Ross
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Cody Ross isn’t just one of the nicest guys in Major League Baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder is also a Miley Cyrus fan. So much so, he walked out to her song “We Can’t Stop,” due to a recommendation by his good buddy, Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. The song must have worked, because Ross goes into the All-Star break with hot hands, both in terms of hits and fielding. The 10-year veteran, who came to the Diamondbacks this year after being a free agent from the Boston Red Sox, won a World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and has become a Diamondbacks leader. He’s hit 25 RBIs, making him one of the most consistent players on the team — a characteristic he thinks is key for the Diamondbacks to a win a World Series this year. Keep reading for the 32-year-old Scottsdale resident’s outlook on the team, as well as to hear five reasons why he’s loved living in the Valley since buying a home in Arizona in 2005.

What brought you to Arizona?

I moved here at the end of 2005. The weather in the off-season brought me here to work out and train. I fell in love with it and moved here. Continue reading

Derrick Hall: Arizona Diamondbacks CEO and President

Derrick Hall, CEO and President of the Arizona Diamondbacks, photographed at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Derrick Hall, CEO and President of the Arizona Diamondbacks, photographed at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Derrick Hall
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Derrick Hall is known around Major League Baseball for being one of the most affable, hard-working and efficient club heads around the league. The 44-year-old Paradise Valley resident and Los Angeles native took over as the Arizona Diamondbacks president in 2006, after working for 12 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and was named CEO in 2009. Since then, he’s seen the D-Backs win the 2011 National League West Division Championship and says this year’s team is a definite stand-out when it comes to winning a World Series. The Diamondbacks have also continued to strengthen their reputation for being one of the most charitable sports organizations, including winning the 2010 inaugural United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award, for being the most positive team in the world. Not only does Hall play a key role in team management, he also serves on nearly 30 Arizona community boards. Check out the Diamondbacks tonight at Chase Field for Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 p.m. Read on for Hall’s take on this year’s team, as well as to hear five reasons why he loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m an L.A. native. I went to school at Arizona State University, and my wife is from Tucson. It’s like home to us. Continue reading