DeFamio is entering his eighth season with the D-backs and 11th in Major League Baseball, having started his career during the franchise’s first season in 1998. The Camden, NJ native was raised in Phoenix and attended Arizona State University before beginning his professional sports career as an intern with the Phoenix Suns. He took a break from professional sports for a stint as a stand-up comic, once appearing in an open-mic night that was headlined by as Larry the Cable Guy. As a sportswriter at ASU, he once interviewed Pat Tillman, which he considers among his professional highlights.
Baseball IQ premieres Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. MT. Hosted by MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian, Baseball IQ is a recall-based trivia show featuring two participants, 30 minutes and a chance to win up to $45,000 for charity. Questions will cover all things baseball, from current players and managers to World Series champions, MVPs, Cy Young Award winners, Hall of Famers, milestones and more.
DeFamio will be playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, which focuses on three areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare and children’s programs of all types, including education and youth baseball field development. In 2012, the Foundation and the Arizona Diamondbacks will surpass the $30 million mark in combined charitable giving since their inception in 1998.
MLB Network surveyed all 30 Clubs, MLB.com and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum for the best and brightest trivia minds in their organizations to represent them in Baseball IQ, and thirty-two participants will be matched up in a bracket-style tournament across 31 episodes. Two new episodes will air every Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m. MT from January 24 through February 23, leading up to the start of Spring Training.
“Baseball fans are passionate about the sport’s statistics and launching Baseball IQ is a way for us to expand our offseason programming lineup to let viewers test their baseball knowledge,” said MLB Network President and CEO Tony Petitti. “The premise of Baseball IQ is a natural extension of how fans talk about baseball at home or during a game by putting a current story, player or moment into historical context.”
Baseball IQ features participants from front office personnel, equipment managers, scoreboard operators and museum curators. When possible, Baseball IQ participants will be matched up in a bracket opposite their clubs’ rivals, pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Texas Rangers. The winning player of each episode will win $5,000 for the organization’s charity they represent. The championship episode will award $25,000 for the winner’s charity and $15,000 to the runner-up’s charity.
More information, including rules, participant and charity information can be found here. Show information and programming updates will be posted to MLB Network’s Facebook page and Twitter feed via #BaseballIQ.