Are we, as a community, being too hard on Mark Grace the man? I look back when Jerry Colangelo got Mark Grace to come here, for a reduction in salary, with a mutual vision of being World Series champion. Was Mark a great leader on the field, in the locker room, and in our community? Was he an integral part of getting the Diamondbacks to the World Series? Did he and Curt Schilling keep their untested and underdog team motivated and loose playing against the established and mighty N.Y. Yankees? You can feel Mark’s passion, spirit and understanding of the game of baseballl when he was broadcasting the D-Back games to us.
Mark has done great community service for his new community through his years in Phoenix. I am proud he lives here in Arizona. I hope Chicago gets him to broadcast the Cubs games. They are certainly more lenient there with broadcasters and players who enjoy a drink or two after the game. I know Mark violated the law with a DUI and is paying for his mistake as a man, but Harry Carey and Bob Prince of the Pirates were known to enjoy a drink or two and their fans and ball club embraced them. People loved their free spirit, enthusiasm, fun way to explain the game and players to us. Mark is a natural, in my opinion, and a throwback to that era. Can we give the man a break?
Dr. Jeff Eger