I think there’s probably little or no argument about the most memorable moment. It would have to be an odd D-backs fan indeed, who would seriously consider anything other than Gonzo’s hit, which walked off Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. That’s something which would deserve to stand on top of the list for many franchises with far longer histories than the Diamondbacks. But what other candidates might there be? It’s a topic that came to mind the other day, and it was interesting to run through team history in my mind and see what stuck in the mind. Below, you’ll find some potential moments, but I’m keen to hear what other suggestions people have.
We’ll do this the usual way: nominations in the comments. If you like a nomination, please “rec” that comment. If you have a different idea, post a new comment, with the moment as the subject and make your pitch for it in the body of the comment. I’ll merge the best of your suggestions (subject to the usual vague definition of “best”!) with the ones listed below. We’ll then have a ranking poll for SnakePit members to determine the top ten, and the order in which they should be ranked. The ones below are listed in chronological order.
- March 9, 1995. Phoenix awarded an expansion franchise
- March 31, 1998. First game in franchise history
- July 11, 1999. Jay Bell’s grand-slam makes a millionaire of a fan
- March 24, 2001. Randy Johnson kills a dove with a pitch
- June 17, 2001. Tony Womack’s grand-slam on Father’s Day
- November 4, 2001. Gonzo’s bloop walks off Game 7.
- September 2, 2002. Mark Grace pitches
- April 26, 2004. Richie Sexson homers off the scoreboard
- May 18, 2004. Randy Johnson completes our only perfect game
- October 6, 2007. Sweeping the Cubs out of the NLDS in Wrigley
- August 7, 2010. Gonzo’s #20 becomes the first number retired by the D-backs
- September 27, 2011. Ryan Roberts’ extra-inning walk-off grand-slam
- September 4, 2017. J.D. Martinez’s fourth HR in Los Angeles
- October 4, 2017. Archie Bradley’s wild-card triple