With Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy on the mound to face the San Francisco Giants, fans throughout Chase Field hoisted signs proclaiming the right-hander’s dominance against the other team.
In his first start since winning 20 games, Kennedy would be facing the World Champion San Francisco Giants just a day after the Diamondbacks had clinched the National League Western Division championship. Kennedy looked confident on the mound and the Diamondbacks were having their way with the Giants pitching staff scoring at will.
The sold out crowd of 49,076 were loud and on their feet by the time the fifth inning rolled around. Everyone was in a great mood having clinched a playoff spot for the first time in four years. With that much positive energy in the stadium the only thing left was the Legends race.
Perhaps Racing Gracie would take a page from the Diamondbacks playbook and sprint across the finish line for the first time in two seasons. When the last out of the fifth inning was made, the speakers in Chase Field rang to life signaling the beginning of the Legends Race.
The four Diamondbacks legends emerged from the Giants bullpen and began to make their way towards home plate. I looked then did a double take to check what I just saw. All of the normally clean-shaven Legends were sporting a red beard in honor of Ian Kennedy.
The crowd roared their approval as the racers headed towards the Giants dugout. Gracie was staying close but with each stride seemed to be tiring just a little. As the Legends reached the home plate Gracie was looking seriously winded.
As the Legends rounded the corner to the finish line Luis Gonzalez seized the moment and sprinted across the finish line for the win. After the race all four legends would unveil signs congratulating Kennedy on his 20th win.
I couldn’t help but notice the sadness in Racing Gracie’s big foam eye. If I didn’t know any better I could have sworn I saw a foam tear forming in his gigantic tear duct. Something was definitely amiss and it wasn’t just the 121st time he lost. This may bear watching over the next few days.