Gift ideas for the D-backs' fan who has (almost) everything
It was just about this time last year that the D-backs unveiled their full set of Evolution wear -- no doubt resulting in more than a few late additions to holiday wish lists around Arizona. You'll have to work a little harder to satisfy the D-backs' fans on your shopping lists this holiday season, but we're here to help. Might we suggest one of the following:
Robbie Ray Tank Top from 500 Level
No jersey, no sleeves, no problem. 500 Level offers super comfortable, fan-designed shirts (licensed by the MLBPA but not the league, so there are "Arizona" players, but no D-backs). If your friend can pull off a tank top that basically consists of Robbie Ray’s serious face, they don’t want this shirt -- they need it.
$27. (Also available in other designs, including a baby onesie!)
Cremation Urn from In the Light Urns
Take your D-backs fandom ALL THE WAY. When people tell you "Baseball is a game, it's not life and death," you can remind them you plan to spend eternity inside this urn, sitting atop a home plate, and it will hold a collectible baseball.
$599 (baseball not included).
And speaking of those . . .
Nick Ahmed double ball from D-backs Auctions
Nick Ahmed had 9 doubles in 2016. You can own one of them. That's 11 percent of his doubles. Plus, if you win the auction (for not much more than the cost of a baseball), the money goes to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.
$50 (and counting!)
Baxter the Bobcat Minimalist Watch from Sparo
Sparo makes other team watches, but we can’t avert our eyes from this one -- maybe because it can’t seem to be taking its eyes off of us. D. Baxter seems to be peeking up from the bottom of the Sedona Red watch-face. (What’s up with those eyes though? Did Baxter turn white walker?) A fashionable reminder of the irrevocable march of time. Just cause baseball doesn’t have a clock doesn’t mean you have to follow suit.
Goldschmidt Alternate Jerseys
Show your passion for America’s first baseman and the Grand Canyon State with some mixing and matching. He’s the face of the franchise -- rock these and make him the face of every franchise.
$99-$299 (NBA store, WNBA store, NFL shop, NHL shop)
D-backs Infant Wrap from Moby
Yes, it loses points because it has the old wordmark. However: (1) it's on clearance (2) Take it from someone who has taken 2 babies to baseball games: Hands-free is key if you plan to eat anything, drink anything or catch anything.
Though if someone steals this base, you’re out a thousand bucks.
D-backs Game-Used-Uniform Wallet from Tokens & Icons
OK, so it seems that's a piece of an actual uniform that separates your bills from your gelato-shop loyalty card, but we must confess: We have read this item description five times, and it still reads like a game-used wallet.
D-backs Kippah from Emblem Source
If you’ve got a 'Mensch on a Bench' and not the ubiquitous 'Elf on a Shelf,' look no further. This cap comes with built in clips to ensure proper fit but loses points for using the old 'D' logo. It's offered in Sedona Red, but we’d like to see one with the new alternate teal.
D-backs Gray Stackit Fabric Cube from Mob Grip
We're not sure how to wrap this. Do you put the box in a box?
What are the odds the person who receives it doesn't open the box, looking to find the actual gift, only to realize the box IS the gift? (Like one of those money-holder cards without the money.)
Plus parents are always saying, "I spent X number of $$ on these gifts and my kid only wants to play with the wrapping paper and the box!" CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, KID..
2001 D-backs World Champions Video (VHS)
Nothing says #ThrowbackThursday like throwback media. Celebrate Gonzo, Fins and the Big Unit in all their purple and teal glory on a tape format that kids born in 2001 will have no idea what to do with!
"Floater! Center field! The Diamondbacks are World Champions!"