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Touch 'em All! Diamondbacks Have First MLB Game Broadcast in Navajo!

ICTMN Staff
7/15/13

Saturday night’s Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Milwaukee Brewers became the first ever Major League Baseball game to be broadcast in the Navajo language.

According to a press release from the Diamondbacks, Dan Arnold and George LaFrance were responsible for calling all the action in Navajo during the game, which was also the team's Native American Recognition Day at Chase Field in Window Rock, Arizona.

The annual celebration began at 5 p.m. with festivities including Native American drum groups, dancers, singers and royalty appearances. Miss Native American USA Shaylin Shabi beautifully sang the national anthem and Miss Gila River Lisa Hendricks threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The event's main sponsor, Gila River Casino, donated 20,000 Diamondbacks beach towels and 5,000 playing cards, while Cox Communications gave 5,000 logoed back-to-school backpacks to the younger baseball fans.

Watch Shabi sing the national anthem here:

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