Diamondbacks 'super fan' looking to rally team into playoffs

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Frank Gennario of Chandler is a Diamondbacks super fan. He's only missed two games in past 20 years and his home is full of DBacks memorabilia. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Frank Gennario of Chandler is a Diamondbacks super fan. He's only missed two games in past 20 years and his home is full of DBacks memorabilia. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The flag outside lets everyone know an Arizona Diamondbacks fan lives here. But Frank Gennario is more like a "super fan," with his entire house decked out in all kinds of Diamondbacks' memorabilia.

"I've always been a collector of baseball cards when I was younger," said Gennario. "I collected beanie babies when that was a fad at the time and then when the team came out, O.K., I'm going to start collecting D-Backs stuff. Then it just expands, and grows bigger and bigger."

The 59-year-old retired sales rep walked around his Chandler home, which looks more like a baseball museum. One room is devoted to the team's early years. It has a seat cushion from the D-Backs first game in 1998, an official scorecard and a section devoted to D-Backs legend Luis Gonzalez.

Another room has more than 100 team bobble heads, D-Backs Christmas stockings, a team toaster and a D-Backs stop light.

There's also a hallway filled with autographed player baseballs.

Downstairs there is a "World Series room" with a pool table that includes D-Backs and Yankees' billiard balls.

Gennario also has a giant piece of the outfield wall from Chase Field.

"I consider myself a fan," said Gennario. "Maybe I go a little extreme sometimes with collecting and some other stuff -- but I cheer just like the the guy next to me cheers."

Gennario has been a season-ticket holder from day one and has missed only two Diamondbacks games in the past 20 years. One for his son's graduation, the other for the death of a grandchild, which actually led to his most memorable D-Backs moment when the team invited him to throw out the first pitch at a game with his son behind the plate.

"That is a story that will live with me forever because it took a moment that was heartbreaking for me and the D-Backs, and made it a special moment for me," said Gennario. "To throw out the first pitch and son catch it, just amazing."

So what does Gennario's wife think of having her husband go to every D-Backs game and fill up the house with baseball stuff?

"She tells her friends that there are a lot worse addictions to have," said Gennario. "Gambling, drinking, drugs, but his addiction is baseball and it's not such a bad addiction."

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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