Goldy, Hale traveling with D-backs to Mexico

Top execs Hall, La Russa also going to Sunday's game in Hermosillo

Goldy, Hale traveling with D-backs to Mexico

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the 10th time in franchise history the D-backs will play a game in Hermosillo, Mexico, when they take on the Rockies at Estadio Sonora on Sunday afternoon.

The D-backs will bring several players from their expected Opening Day lineup, including outfielder A.J. Pollock, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

In addition, top executives like team president/CEO Derrick Hall and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa will make the trip along with manager Chip Hale.

"It'll be fun," Hale said. "We're excited. It's a fun trip. We'll get down there and it'll be a packed house. It's a good thing for baseball."

The D-backs have put making a footprint in Mexico and playing exhibition games in Hermosillo an organizational priority since the inaugural 1998 season.

"I played winter ball for two years, and it is going to be a party atmosphere," Hale said of what the team can expect Sunday. "They have fun and they enjoy baseball and they know what's going on."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.