Ed Odeven Reporting

This column appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun in August 2003.

Grace Field a boon for local Little Leagues

By Ed Odeven

Mark Grace has always been one of the most likable ballplayers in the major leagues. An easygoing, approachable fellow, Grace never takes himself too seriously.

Even on a day in his honor, Grace’s humor was on display.

After he was introduced by Jeff Munn, the Arizona Diamondbacks public address announcer, at the dedication ceremony to unveil Mark Grace Field Thursday morning at Arroyo Park, Grace smiled and greeted the crowd that was giving him a standing ovation and said:

“OK, OK, sit down. It’s just me.”

The cheering continued. Then Grace discussed why it’s an honor to have a field named after him.

“I just want to say guys that this place is going to be very special for me,” Grace said. “When I put my name on…

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