Team mascot D. Baxter and musical mascot Bobby Freeman entertain children at various schools throughout Arizona with a baseball-themed act that infuses relevant messages into a delightful musical variety show designed to communicate messages of courage, character, friendship and social responsibility. Students are encouraged to make great food choices and avoid tobacco to be healthy, recycle to protect our planet and make friends to support an anti-bullying message.
In partnership with the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, Baxter and Organist Bobby Freeman perform a special show for the schools that record highest participation in Rodel's Mac-Ro Math program. The Mac-Ro Show is a fun and interactive show that gets kids excited about learning math.
The D-backs and the Arizona Republic together have invested nearly $1 million in a summer reading program with the Phoenix Public Library to encourage children from across the state to register each year for an annual reading competition to reach key milestones and earn prizes, including toys, keepsakes and tickets to D-backs games. More than 100,000 children participate in the program annually.
On the last Sunday home game of every month, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Delta Dental of Arizona present the No Chew Crew Sunday Slugger's Show. The show begins at approximately 11:45 a.m. and takes place in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot on the upper concourse at Chase Field. The Sunday Sluggers show features Baxter, Bobby Freeman, Mike and Vanessa, and even a surprise appearance by a D-backs player, and educates kids and their families about the dangers of chewing tobacco.