Veteran’s Day

Each November a day is set aside to recognize the valuable service that veterans have sacrificed for our benefit. On this day the citizens of the United States take a moment to recognize all that they have and to show their appreciation for the freedoms they have. Veterans come in many different forms, shapes and sizes. They all have one thing in common, their love and dedication for their service. Recognizing veterans is nothing new; it has been going on for as long as anyone can remember. Baseball seems to have a special place in their hearts for veterans. You cannot go to a stadium within Major League Baseball and not hear someone talk about the sacrifices that veterans have made to make the team and sport a better place to be. This has never hit home quite as hard as it did this year.

While the Diamondbacks are in the midst of a youth movement there are still quite a few veterans on the team. When you think about the 2006 Diamondbacks you immediately think of two specific veterans – Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez. Both of them were important parts of Diamondbacks history and were part of that magical 2001 World Championship team. So when the Diamondbacks began bringing up some of their younger players from the minor leagues, it became evident that it would be the veterans who would sacrifice their playing time. Both Counsell and Gonzalez could have made it difficult for the rookies who were poised to take their jobs but instead they showed the class we have come to expect. They worked with the younger players showing them the ropes and helping them out during times they were struggling. They were warriors who we coming to their last battle but still had the honor to uphold their place. They donned the uniform proudly and stood as the national anthem played one last time for them at Chase Field. So on this day we salute you the veterans of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team would have been much younger and worse off without you.

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