And, if you haven't heard it before, here are some important facts you need to know about the Arizona Diamondbacks and this 2001 World Series before venturing out, where, at least in Arizona, baseball will be the talk of the town:
- The Yankees have been a baseball club longer than Arizona has been a state.
- The D-Backs are the youngest team to ever win the World Series, having been a ball club for only four years.
- The average age of the Arizona Diamondbacks on the World Series team roster was 32 years old.
- This is the First World Series that did not finish until the month of November.
- Bob Brenly, the manager of the Diamondbacks, is the first rookie coach (coaching a full season) since 1961 to win the World Series. Only 3 rookie managers before him accomplished this feat.
- The Diamondbacks are the first team to rally from a deficit to win in the ninth inning of a World Series Game 7.
- This is the first major professional sports title for any Arizona team. Phoenix had been the only urban area with all four major professional sports never to win a title.
- Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson were named co-recipients of the MVP honor. It's only the second time that the MVP title has been given to more than one person. The last time was in 1981 when the Dodgers beat the Yankees.
- Randy Johnson is the first pitcher to win 5 games in a single post-season.
- Nine Diamondbacks on the roster had played at least 10 years without playing in a World Series.
- There were 133 strikeouts in this World Series. The old record was 99.
- Craig Counsell is the only Arizona Diamondback to have a World Series ring.
- New York hadn't lost a game it led after eight innings in the postseason since 1947.
- This was the 34th time the World Series has gone seven games.
- The Diamondbacks outscored New York 37-14 and held the Yankees to a .183 batting average, the lowest ever in a seven-game series.
- The bat Luis Gonzalez used for the game-winning hit is already enroute to Cooperstown, along with caps from the co-MVPs: Randy Johnson's home hat and Curt Schilling's road hat.
- The Baseball Hall of Fame also got the ball Greg Colbrunn singled on Saturday for Arizona's 21st hit, a record for a World Series game.
Congratulations Arizona Diamondbacks!