D-Backs gave away tattoo sleeves in honor of ‘Tatman’ Ryan Roberts (Pictures)

The Arizona Diamondbacks held one of the stranger giveaways of the season on Saturday. In honor of heavily-tattooed infielder Ryan Roberts, the team gave away tattoo sleeves (seen above) to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.

Roberts had a career season for the D-Backs last year, bashing a career-high 19 home runs with 65 RBIs. He began being called “Tatman” because of all his tattoos, and he embraced the nickname. Even the bobblehead in his likeness given away last season featured several tattoos.

Speaking at the team’s “tweetup” before the game on Saturday, Roberts talked about his ink.

“All of ‘em mean something to me and they’re all a big part of my life.”

Below is a look at D-Backs pitcher Daniel Hudson sporting the sleeves:

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Ryan Roberts Bobblehead Comes Complete with Tattoos (Picture)

Ryan Roberts won a fan vote conducted by the Diamondbacks to have a bobblehead made in his honor. The first 15,000 fans in attendance for Saturday night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game will receive this snazzy Roberts bobblehead:

Typically when you see bobbleheads they look nothing like the player. I’m actually convinced that the same mold used for a Miguel Cabrera bobblehead is also used for a Justin Verlander one. They just change the name and number. But that Roberts one not only looks like him, it also has all his tattoos. Now that is worth a trip to the ballpark. And suddenly Dusty Baker has competition for the best bobblehead of the year.

Forearm bash to Nick Piecoro for the picture

Ryan Roberts Lived in Team’s Clubhouse During Minor League Stint

Diamondbacks utility man Ryan Roberts is knows for a few things: his versatility as a player and his tattoos. Now he’ll be known for something else.

As I found out through Big League Stew, Roberts actually spent part of the year living in the Reno Aces’ clubhouse during his minor league stint with the Triple-A team this year. Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic has all the interesting details on the story.

The gist of the story is that Roberts leased a place in Phoenix because he expected to make the Diamondbacks’ 25-man roster. He didn’t and was sent to Triple-A Reno. Initially he had a place in Reno with his daughter and wife, but when he was called up to Arizona in May, his family came with him and they decided to remain there when he was demoted a few weeks later.

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