Recently several friends and I embarked on a conversation to try and identify who was the “face of the Arizona Diamondbacks”. For many years this was a question with a simple answer. From 1999 until his departure at the end of the 2006 season the face of the team was nearly unanimous given to outfield Luis Gonzalez.

Gonzo had all the qualities necessary to be named to such a post. On the field he was one of the best players the Diamondbacks had ever seen. He could hit for power, drive in runs, and he collected extra base hits like clothes collect lint.


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