D-backs donning purple pinstripes this weekend

D-backs donning purple pinstripes this weekend

D-backs donning purple pinstripes this weekend
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to wear their throwback 2001 purple pinstriped uniforms for the remainder of the weekend series against the Padres, manager Kirk Gibson said on Saturday.

The decision was made by the players after the D-backs came from behind to defeat the Padres, 3-2, on Friday night at Chase Field while wearing their former uniforms. The win was a record 14th in a row at home and the 15th out of their last 17 overall.

"It was what the team wanted to do. They liked it," Gibson said. "They thought it was good and a good tribute to those guys."

The D-backs rebranded and changed their color scheme from purple, black and teal to Sedona red and black after the 2006 season. They wore the old uniforms on Friday in honor of the 10th anniversary reunion of the 2001 team that defeated the Yankees to win their only World Series, but took batting practice in their red tops, white pants and red caps on Saturday.

The celebration of that victory was held on the field before Saturday's game and it included 32 former players and former team officials manager Bob Brenly, managing general partner Jerry Colangelo and general manager Joe Garagiola Jr.

Several members of that team, including Reggie Sanders, Junior Spivey and Jay Bell, visited the clubhouse prior to batting practice. All were welcomed in by Gibson.

"I want our guys to get an idea what they went through," Gibson said. "When you're on a team like that, we'll see very quickly how they were. Hopefully we'll say we're similar. They were very close, very committed. The thing they've done is accomplished it."

These D-backs are still a division title and a postseason run away.