A Vote for All Times

At Fan Fest the Arizona Diamondbacks described some of the activities they have planned for the upcoming season. The first weekend series in April has been identified as the Tenth Anniversary Celebration. For each of the games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Diamondbacks have planned something special to recognize the team, the employees, and the fans who have helped define the first decade of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball. It’s hard to believe that it will have been 10 years since the Diamondbacks began play on March 31, 1998 against the Colorado Rockies. A little research last year found that there were only two active players remaining of those who saw action during that inaugural game; one with the Arizona Diamondbacks and one with the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies representative is still with Colorado and still playing the same position. He has been the face of the Rockies for a long time, Mr. Todd Helton. The Diamondbacks player who is still active is no longer with Arizona but was a Diamondback on two separate occasions. Last season he played for the St. Louis Cardinals posting an 8-1 record with a 2.18 ERA; he is Russell Paul Springer.

For the Tenth Anniversary Celebration the Diamondbacks are starting with Friday April 11 the Diamondbacks are planning a 1998 team reunion where they are trying to bring back members of the 1998 inaugural team to be part of a tribute before the game. Sunday April 13 the team plans to recognize D-Backs employees, partners, and fans before the game. This should be interesting and see many old familiar faces that have been regulars since the team’s inception. As someone who has been around since the beginning I am looking forward to seeing what the Diamondbacks have planned. Sandwiched between Friday and Sunday’s games is an afternoon game being played as Fox Sports game of the week. During this game the Diamondbacks will unveil the 10th Anniversary Team. Currently on the Arizona Diamondbacks web site they are asking fans to vote for a player for each position along with a left-handed pitcher, a right-handed pitcher, and a relief pitcher that they feel represents the Arizona Diamondbacks. When I went to vote I thought this would be an easy exercise. After all it has only been 10 years and there have not been that many memorable players for each position. But as I started to go through each position and the candidates that were presented I found myself struggling with my choices. To make matters worse each candidate brought with him countless memories that had to be relived and talked about with the family. There were many positions that had lively and at times heated arguments as the kids stumped for their favorite player. All I can say is that whoever finally marries my daughter Tiffany better never mistakenly suggest that Matt Mantei held no value. For a sixteen year old kid she has a lot of spunk and a lot of data to back her claims. Some of the choices seem fairly cut and dried. I would be extremely surprised if Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez are not near unanimous choices at their respective positions. Others though will be closely fought. One thing about it, there is not one player on this list that I wouldn’t want to be a part of my team. Our whole family is looking forward to this series even if we do have to put up with three games of watching the “great Troy Tulowitzki”.

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