By Nicholas Barker
Seven years ago, David Peralta made his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fast forward to present day, and he officially becomes the 43rd player to have a field named after him in Arizona.
A little over 60 miles from Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, Little Leaguers will have the chance to play at a newly renovated David Peralta Field in Wickenburg.
He recently visited it with his wife, Jordan, and one of his daughters, Sofia.
“It means a lot to me and my family,” Peralta says. “It looks really nice, and I was really excited, and I was like, ‘I got my own field.’”
Obviously, Peralta was ecstatic that a field was named after him, but he said he couldn’t have done it without the help of The Diamondbacks Foundation, the team and his teammates.
“I’m just a humble person, a guy who comes every day to play the game hard,” Peralta says. “(My goal is) to put on a good show for the fans and do the best that we can to try and help out the community.”
For many years, Peralta was making his way through the minor league system, and he was just waiting for his chance to become an essential piece to an improving baseball team. He never pictured himself having a ballfield named after him.
“It felt like it was something that was never going to happen,” Peralta says. “It happens, and it is a dream come true.”
His goal is for younger baseball players to play on the field and one day become a member of the Diamondbacks organization. He sees it as a steppingstone to the big leagues.
Peralta spent the early portion of his baseball career playing independent baseball. He says the Wickenburg field is much nicer than some of the fields he was playing on while playing independent ball.
COVID-19 shut down the sports world in early March, nearly six months ago. Not only did it affect every major professional sport, but it also affected youth sports. Many younger kids did not get the chance to complete their seasons or start their seasons, so now that sports have returned, Peralta finds it special that kids will be able to return playing the sports they love, on a field named after himself.
“Baseball is my life,” Peralta says. “When all this situation started happening, I was like, ‘Wow, I want to start getting back to playing baseball.’ Now, knowing that kids are coming back and being safe, it is special and really good. I think everything is going the right way, and I think everything is going to go back to normal.”