As the 1998 inaugural season for the Arizona Diamondbacks ended, the freshness of having Major League Baseball in Phoenix was still fresh on everyone’s minds. Despite having the sixth best record for an expansion team, much of the public still focused on the fact that the Diamondbacks had lost 97 games. Then General Partner Jerry Colangelo took a monumental risk and decided to change the long-term plan for the franchise and turn them into an immediate contender.


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It’s funny the things you remember from your childhood. There’s the first time you picked up a mitt and a bat, learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels, stealing a kiss from a girl and realizing girls really didn’t have cooties after all. Those were all great memories but there are some that are triggered that you stop to wonder why you ever even remembered that.


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