- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 30, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) Randy Johnson couldn't find the words to describe what he and 20 other Arizona Diamondbacks saw at ground zero.
The National League champions returned from a visit to the World Trade Center site, carrying FDNY hats and holding the experience close to their hearts.
"I just wanted to talk to a lot of people," Johnson said before yesterday's workout at Yankee Stadium. "I told them how we appreciated what they were doing."
The Diamondbacks visited a firehouse, where they stood on the roof to get a view of the devastation, and spoke to rescue workers at the ground zero command center.
"A lot of us weren't prepared to see what we did," outfielder Luis Gonzalez said. "We are in Arizona and we see it on TV. We see all of the different stuff going on with the workers and stuff, but to actually go out there and walk on the site, it's mind boggling."
Mark Grace was amazed at the effort by all those they met.
"More than anything it was uplifting, among the scene and smell, just seeing how much they've sacrificed."
He also said a lot of the rescue workers were Yankees fans.
"They were all giving Randy a rashing," Grace said. "They were great, Randy was great."
Craig Counsell, who said the experience had a deep impact on him, said the team received encouraging words, too: "We ran into a lot of Mets fans today."

Arrive early
Security will be unusually tight for Game 3 tonight, and major league baseball is advising fans to arrive early.
Yankee Stadium will open at 5 p.m. to allow for the heightened security checks.
Attache cases, coolers, backpacks, backpack purses, briefcases, umbrellas, containers and bags have been banned for Yankees games since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Sgt. Lenny Tobie of the NYPD said there are 1,200 police officers assigned to the game.
He told his officers to "challenge everyone make sure they're where they're supposed to be. Now's not the time to be lax."
For Games 4 and 5, tomorrow and Thursday, the Stadium will open at 6 p.m., the usual time.

Hitters hit
With the shift to the American League ballpark brings the designated hitter, and Yankees manager Joe Torre thinks it gives the Diamondbacks an advantage.
"They have a lot of depth. They have a very deep bench, and I think that's one of the necessities if you're going to win," Torre said.
With Roger Clemens, a right-hander, starting for the Yankees in Game 3, Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly will probably choose either Erubiel Durazo or Dave Dellucci, both left-handed hitters.
"We have several guys on our bench that would probably be starting for a lot of ballclubs," Brenly said. "They take great pride in being those secret weapons off the bench or the part-time players that they are."
Durazo, who hit .329 as a rookie in 1999, plays behind veteran first baseman Mark Grace. Durazo hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Arizona's clinching Game 5 of the NLCS. He has 13 home runs, including the postseason, six as a pinch hitter.

There's no stopping Gonzo
Luis Gonzalez's wrist is swollen and sore. That won't keep him out of the World Series, though.
Gonzalez was hit on the left hand when a pitch by Yankees starter Andy Pettitte ran in on the left-handed hitter in the seventh inning of Game 3 on Sunday night. He grimaced in pain but shrugged it off and stayed in the game.
"No matter what it feels like today, tomorrow, just with the adrenaline and the excitement of playing here with the magnitude of this game, it's probably not going to affect me anyway," Gonzalez said before a workout at Yankee Stadium.
Gonzalez, whose wide-open hitting stance he nearly faces the pitcher before the pitch is thrown might make it difficult to get out of the way of tough inside pitches.
"He was hit very close several times this year, close to the same location, and each time he came out of it with just a bad bruise," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "If we had to rate it as some of the other bruises: not as bad as some of the others. We are confident he'll be fine tomorrow."
The 34-year-old left fielder, who had 57 home runs and 142 RBI this season and hit a two-run homer off Mike Mussina in Game 1, will not let anything keep him out of the Fall Classic.
"A lot of us have been waiting our whole career to get to this point to play in a World Series," the 11-year veteran said. "With our ballclub, I think it takes a lot more to get some of us out of the lineup."

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