The Stolen Image
"Remembering September 11, 2001"
By David E. Kelly

During the opening game ceremony of the 2001 World Series an unknown photographer captured a picture with his Canon 750 and 300mm lens. The setting was perfect for an award winning photograph. For the first time in the Arizona Diamondbacks history their players accomplished something that every youth baseball player in America dreams of, reaching the World Series.

A little league pitcher and second baseman who now found himself behind a camera as a freelance photographer, while enjoying his new career, snapped one of the most recognizable photos in Arizona Sports History.

The 2001 World Series proved to be one of the most memorable sporting events ever as the nation suffered and mourned the victims of the terrible tragedy of 9/11/2001. It was therefore fitting that this photo be titled “Remembering September 11, 2001.”

Curt Schilling was the Diamondback starter on the mound and recorded a 2- 0 shutout against the New York Yankees who were considered the favorite. The Diamondbacks went on to win the best of seven series, and shortly thereafter the photo was copy-written, published and the photographer decided to share his prize photo with the rest of the world.

Just like any great work of art its value is determined from an objective point of view and its splendor is in the eye of the beholder. Little did the photographer know that thieves were at work planning a scam to steal, counterfeit, mass produce, and distribute this timely work of Art?

This story is laced with drama, suspense, adventure, comedy and "nothing, but the truth."

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