During the baseball off season, nerds like myself are left to relive moments from our team’s past to keep ourselves occupied. Don’t try and and deny it–you do it too!
Anyway, I recently moved into a new place, and I was hanging a “2001 World Series Champs” D’backs pennant in my room. It’s one of those pennants that has pretend signatures from every player on the roster (I like to think it’s actually signed though.) Right at the tip of the banner is Tony Womack‘s flowing cursive signature, and it got me thinking about the past.
2001 was a good year for the Diamondbacks, right? It was in June of that year when arguably one of the coolest moments in
baseball history occurred. Womack lost his father in April of 2001, only two months before he hit a grand slam. Grand slams are cool, but what made this one better? Womack hit the grand slam on Father’s Day. Are you kidding me? You can’t make this stuff up. I’m sure this story isn’t breaking news to anybody, but when Tony rounded the bases with tears in his eyes, that was pretty cool.
Womack also doubled twice in the game against Detroit in front of almost 40,000 at the BOB (remember the BOB?) Tony only hit three homers in 2001, but the shot that came on June 17th will be forever remembered. Oh yeah, Arizona went on to win the game 8-3!
Okay–I’m warning you now that I’m going to get sappy on you for a couple sentences. Sometimes baseball is such a beautiful thing. We are privileged as baseball fans to see/hear/touch anything that applies to the game. Womack hitting a grand slam on Father’s Day is one of those things that just can’t be scripted or made up. It can be lived, and I’m glad I lived through that.
If you haven’t gotten chills yet today, I encourage you to go watch the clip of the granny (Womack’s grand slam, not an old lady) from 2001. Awesome stuff!
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