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8/12/2014 11:03:00 AM
Diamondbacks organist Bobby Freeman a big hit in Winslow
Diamondback Organist, Bobby Freeman in Winslow Aug. 4.  Photo/Todd Roth
Diamondback Organist, Bobby Freeman in Winslow Aug. 4. Photo/Todd Roth
Navajo-Hopi Observer


WINSLOW, Ariz. - Arizona Diamondbacks organist Bobby Freeman performed at a Winslow Friends of the Library sponsored event in downtown Winslow Aug. 4.

Freeman described what he does at Diamondback games, played games with kids at the event, gave prizes and answered questions. Freeman autographed pictures of himself at his organ after the performance and seemed to enjoy the event and the audience.

The event took place at the Route 66 Plaza in downtown Winslow. Freeman's organ proved to be a remarkable instrument which he can make sound like almost any musical instrument and even like a band. He demonstrated it sounding like a piano, an accordion, a violin and even bagpipes.

Freeman is the official organist of the Diamondbacks and plays at all of their home games. He is probably best known for playing God Bless America and Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch. He has been with the Diamondbacks since the team started and has played at all but a few of their home games since that time.

He told many stories about his career with the team and talked about how he must know the rules of baseball and when he is allowed to play and when he should not play and interfere with the game.

One of his most memorable moments was at the end of the 2001 World Series when Louis Gonzales got the hit that won the game and the series for the Diamondbacks. He displayed rings he received for being with the team when Arizona won the World Series and hosted the All Star Game.

Among the things he did with the youngsters in the audience was read a book about a baby rattlesnake and have a child participate. He encouraged reading as an important activity.

He said that one of the reasons he came to Winslow was the presence of Winslow native Tom Harris on the Diamondback staff. Harris is the Chief Financial Officer of the Diamondbacks and has also been with the team since its beginning.


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