Editorial ReviewsProduct Description
The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of baseball's most vibrant and beloved franchises, and everything you need to know about them is in Diamondbacks Essential: the clutch hitters, the dominating pitchers, and the memorable flakes. Looking for a handy reference for milestones in Diamondbacks history? It's here, as are the greatest moments and biggest disappointments, the biggest goats and the biggest heroes, and all the personalities that make the D'backs such an endearing and captivating club.
From the Publisher
"When baseball came to the desert full time it was a dream come true." --from the foreword by Phoenix sports-radio and television personality Andy Dorf
"When you can throw 97 miles an hour and put the ball over the plate anytime you want, it's fun." --Randy Johnson
"If you only understood how great this is for me. It was better than anything I could've imagined." --Mark Grace, on winning the 2001 World Series
From the Inside Flap
From their induction into the National League in 1998, to their miraculous World Series victory in 2001, to the 2007 re-signing of Randy Johnson, the Arizona Diamondbacks have crammed more excitement into their short history than many franchises have experienced over decades and even entire centuries. Everything any real fan could ever want to know about this beloved ballclub is in Diamondbacks Essential. This fun, fact-filled reference guide tells the complete story of one of baseball's most cherished teams.
Andy Benes delivered the first pitch in Diamondbacks history on March 31, 1998, in front of 50,179 fans at Bank One Ballpark, and the team has continued to capture hearts across the Southwest ever since. As players such as Matt Williams, Jay Bell, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grace, Curt Schilling, and Randy Johnson emerged onto the scene, the Diamondbacks became a presence almost overnight and ousted the mighty Yankees in one of the most exciting and memorable World Series in history. Grace and Williams have since retired, Schilling and Johnson went elsewhere via free agency, and Bank One Ballpark is now called Chase Field. But the D'backs continue to be a contender in the NL West with rising players such as Eric Byrnes, Chad Tracy, Conor Jackson, and Brandon Webb (and the return of 43-year-old Johnson for a second tour of duty).
All of these players are honored in Diamondbacks Essential, as are the franchise's greatest moments and memories. Whether you are looking to relive great memories of the past or simply looking to upgrade your knowledge, this book will satisfy your needs through countless anecdotes and insiders' stories; scores of trivia, lists, and statistics; and dozens of photographs.
About the Author
Steven Travers is a USC graduate, former Oakland A's minor league pitcher, and sports historian. Author of the best seller and Casey Award nominee Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman, Travers has written numerous sports books and screenplays in addition to writing for StreetZebra, The (San Francisco) Examiner, and the Los Angeles Times. A fifth-generation Californian, Travers resides in the Golden State.
What I liked about this book was its description of how the 2001 Diamondbacks win over the Yankees helped America recover from 9/11. The author describes how, just a little over a month after the World Trade Center fell, the City of New York rallied in incredible enthusiasm over the fabvulous seven-game Fall Classic played in Arizona and the Big Apple. Osam bin Laden wanted to make America and New York scared to live, to spend money, to congregate in large crowds, to destroy our economy. Surely when he heard that the very opposite of what he wanted is what actually happened, when standing ovations greeted George W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani at Yankee Stadium. Some day when the CIA or Delta guys pick over his cave and exhume his body, they will discover that it was in October of 2001 that bin Laden realized that the War on Terror had been lost by him and won by the American spirit.