SCOTTSDALE – Baseball has become increasingly bilingual in the last half century, with more than a quarter of major league players coming from Latin American countries. No person is more emblematic of the uniqueness of this setting and this sport than the D-Backs’ Takahashi.
PHOENIX – Pac-12’s black coaches use their own history to help navigate the waters of social debate for their young players -- the majority of whom are black -- while reconciling issues of personal growth, future marketing concerns and public backlash.
TEMPE – Meet Brian Johnson, Arizona State’s athletic grounds facilities manager. He spends the bulk of his time during football season caring for the fields at Sun Devil Stadium, but he recently helped with the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field.