I have had a love-hate relationship with the Arizona Republic newspaper since the inception of the Arizona Diamondbacks franchise. In the early days they were covered by beat writer Pedro Gomez. And I use the word covered very loosely here. Rarely did I ever agree with anything Gomez “reported”.

When he left to join ESPN and become Barry Bonds personal media darling I fully expected baseball fans in the Phoenix area to have a ticker tape parade to cheer his departure. The current Diamondbacks beat writer for the Republic is Nick Piecoro.

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