Three Coyotes players drop in on D-backs' BP

Three Coyotes players drop in on D-backs' BP

Three Coyotes players drop in on D-backs' BP
PHOENIX -- Fresh off their Western Conference semifinal victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, three Phoenix Coyotes players visited the D-backs at Chase Field during batting practice on Wednesday.

Right winger Mikkel Boedker, goaltender Mike Smith and team captain Shane Doan received personalized D-backs jerseys and hung outside the dugout chatting with players and coaches.

A unique moment happened when former D-backs player Luis Gonzalez, now a special assistant to the president and CEO, met up with the Coyotes to reminisce about his run to the 2001 World Series title.

"I know what it's like," he said. "You just get on a roll."

Gonzalez joked to Smith, who has a .948 save percentage this postseason, and asked, "How come you're not in a glass box right now, man?"

The D-backs' championship in 2001 is the only major sports title the state of Arizona has won.

"The Coyotes have never been in this situation, so it'd be nice to see the Stanley Cup here," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure there'd be a lot of unique places the Cup would go. Keep it going, it's been exciting to watch."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he was impressed with how the Coyotes battled at the end of the regular season and carried that energy into the postseason.

"What were they going through the last two weeks of the season? They were worried about not getting a spot in the playoffs," Gibson said. "They finished, picked up momentum and here they are."