“2001 World Championship Reunion Weekend” was how it was listed on the promotions schedule the Arizona Diamondbacks sent out before the season began. It was being described as an opportunity for the team to celebrate the events from a decade ago when the then upstart Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees in what is arguably the best World Series in the history of baseball.

Fans had long been looking forward to this. Perhaps it was the fact that for the past two seasons the Diamondbacks had floundered in the basement of the National League Western Division. After two seasons of not just being beaten but humiliated in the standings the fans were looking for something positive to cheer for.

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