The Diamondbacks will play at Turner Field for the last time this weekend.
The home of the Atlanta Braves experienced a short, but eventful life. It was originally erected for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was converted into the Braves’ home in 1997. Atlanta will move into SunTrust park in 2017.
Arizona and Atlanta obviously don’t have much of a rivalry– they play on opposite ends of the country. The Diamondbacks haven’t had too many memories at Turner Field; they have gone 25-35 in the regular season at that park. This series doesn’t look to be a must-watch either, as both teams have losing records, and the Braves are without question the worst team in the league.
But this wasn’t always the case. These two teams were once competitive. Yes, really. Both of them. At the same time. They faced off against each other in the 2001 NLCS, which the Diamondbacks won 4-1.
After the two teams split a pair of games at what was once called Bank One Ballpark, the Diamondbacks rallied to win all three games held at Turner Field to take home the National League championship. This made them the fastest expansion franchise in MLB history to make it to the World Series.
Just in case you don’t believe me, here’s video evidence that it happened:
The Diamondbacks obviously went on to beat the Yankees in seven games that World Series, in what many consider one of the greatest Fall Classic in baseball history.
It’s better to talk about this than the Shelby Miller trade, right?
(On a side note, when was the last time you heard the name Byung Hyun Kim?)