TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson was so close to not seeing any professional baseball this year -- no minor league team, no spring training game -- but baseball is back at Kino Sports Complex this weekend for one reason only.
The stadium for the El Paso Chihuahuas, formerly the Tucson Padres, is not quite ready for the first pitch, so the team is hosting their first "home" series against the Reno Aces in Tucson.
It will be the last chance to see professional baseball in Tucson this year. Mike Feder, the former general manager of the Tucson Padres, says four games is better than none -- especially since we did not expect to have any baseball at all.
But Feder has a new job, and with it comes new hope to the region. The Arizona Diamondbacks hired him to coordinate special projects for Southern Arizona, which he says means bringing more baseball to Tucson and more baseball fans to see some Diamondbacks action.
"Next year we hope to have some spring training games with whatever the teams may be," Feder said. "I hope to bring some players in the off season to come to a children's event and do some things like that so we're going to be pretty aggressive in what we do."
But for now fans can get a front row seat for a few more days. The El Paso Chihuahuas are hosting a day game at Kino on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. where all kids who wear youth sports jerseys get in for free...and your dog can get in for free too!
Monday night at 7:05 p.m. will be the last game of the series.