PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - An autographed baseball.

Picture programs.

An assortment of Paul Goldschmidt bobbleheads.

Frank Gennario is an Arizona Diamondbacks' "Super Fan" whose East Valley home is devoted to his favorite team, and star player, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Having Goldschmid traded to the St. Louis Cardinals was like a punch in the gut to a man who's only missed two home games the All-Star has ever played.

"When I first heard it, I was devastated, irritated and aggravated," said Gennario. "There's probably some kind of step-by-step program I can go through to take care of those feelings."

But as much as it hurts to have the hometown hero traded away, Gennario knows the pain and disappointment for younger D-backs' fans runs even deeper.

"It's harder for kids to understand the business of baseball, and for them to lose their hero," said Gennario. "But you know what, another hero is going to emerge."

One of the rooms in Gennario's home is devoted entirely to the 2001 World Series champion Diamondbacks.

Gennario is disappointed that Goldschmidt won't be a part of the D-backs' World Series room.

He also wonders what it will be like on Opening Day when he is used to seeing so many fans wearing Goldschmidt jerseys.

"Whether they have a retro Goldschmidt jersey or an All-Star jersey with Goldschmidt, you see more 44's around there than any other player," said Gennario. "That will be a hard void to fill."

Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5.  He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5's Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
 
 


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Jason Barry is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports highlighting local restaurants with major health code violations.

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ObeyLaws

We'll see how supportive he is next year when their record is 52 - 110...

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