For eight years the name Luis Gonzalez was synonymous with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After the 1998 season the Diamondbacks were looking to re-tool. In what has been to date the best trade in franchise history, General Manager Joe Garagiola Jr. sent Karim Garcia to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for journeyman outfielder Luis Gonzalez and cash.
It was a perfect fit. The team received a left fielder who blossomed into a power hitting giant and Gonzalez found a home and a fan base who appreciated his skills. From almost the moment he arrived Gonzalez became a fan favorite for his gritty play and his community work on and off the field.