In its inaugural season, the Arizona Diamondbacks finished fifth, but a number of off-season moves helped turn around the team’s fortunes. In particular, the team signed future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, who won four straight Cy Young Awards in his first four seasons with the team. The team won 100 games in 1999, its first division title, and won the 2001 World Series over the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks were the fastest expansion team in major league history, and they remain the only major professional sports team in Arizona.
The name reflects the Arizona Diamondbacks’ desire to build a statewide fan base. The team is located in Phoenix, but has a wide fan base throughout Arizona. The team also sponsors a motor coach trip that takes fans from the metropolitan area to various Arizona cities. This tour is known as the Diamondbacks Hometown Tour. Fans can also see players and management in Phoenix and Tucson, where they hold autograph signings.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ schedule is one of the most difficult in the National League. They have the lowest opponents’ win percentage in the league. As of October 1, the Diamondbacks had a 93-69 record. In the wild-card playoff, they defeated the Colorado Rockies. They advanced to the NLDS, where they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-0 final.