PHOENIX (AP) — For the first time since the season opener, Chase Field was packed. Some were there to cheer on the surprising first-place Arizona Diamondbacks of 2011.
Most were there to honor the World Series champion Diamondbacks of 2001.
Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and nearly all of the rest of that team gathered to the wild appreciation of the fans to mark the 10th anniversary of that triumph over the New York Yankees in what is widely acknowledged as one of the best World Series.
The crowd stood and cheered when the big screen showed Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Game 7 that brought home Jay Bell with the winning run.