When the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted David Dellucci in the 1998 expansion draft, he assumed it would become the worst move of his career. How could a team in Phoenix play baseball during the summer? He had no idea how well it would turn out.
Dellucci recalls playing in the Arizona Fall League and the excitement from the players during the draft.
“Players used to rush home and turn on the TV set to find out if they had been picked in the expansion draft,” Dellucci told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo.
At the time Dellucci was a prospect for the Baltimore Orioles and had already won over the hometown fans with his athletic plays in the outfield and youthful presence on a club that had just won the AL East the year before.