Counsell comes back to desert with Crew

Counsell comes back to desert with Crew

Counsell comes back to desert with Crew
PHOENIX -- Craig Counsell has returned to Chase Field dozens of times since celebrating the D-backs' World Series championship 10 years ago, but his first postseason visit since then is conjuring a particularly vivid set of memories.

Counsell is in the other dugout now, a bench player for a Brewers team that entered Tuesday's game with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series and a chance to pop champagne bottles in the visitors' clubhouse.

"It doesn't feel like 10 years, to be honest with you," Counsell said. "It was a great team to be on, a fun, fun team to be on. They are making a big deal about this [Brewers] team, like it's some fraternity party or something like that, the craziness. But every team is different, and every team has its own personality."

The '01 D-backs were just as fun-loving, if more than a bit more veteran.

"It was an old, old team," Counsell said. "I was 31, and I was definitely in the younger third."

He was indeed the youngest player on the team to compile more than 250 at-bats. Counsell played a career-high 141 games that season, batting .275 with 76 runs scored. He was at first base when Luis Gonzalez blooped the Series winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees' Mariano Rivera.

Counsell is one of three regulars from that team still active in the Majors -- catcher Rod Barajas and pitcher Miguel Batista are the others -- so he had to miss a 10th anniversary celebration at Chase Field last month.

"It's fun to be back here for a playoff game," Counsell said. "It can't help but bring back memories. You don't want to forget that stuff -- you want to remember it because they were great times."