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Posted: Monday, September 4, 2006 6:29 am | Updated: 2:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

I understand the lure of a merchandising buck and that pro teams change colors and logos as quickly as rosters these days.

But word the Diamondbacks are planning to de-purple and switch to a red-dominant palette is met here with a resigned shake of the head.

Yes, purple is Jerry Colangelo’s color and one of the remaining links to his defunct reign as chairman. That was then, this is now, apply your own brand.

But purple was also the color worn by the franchise that set records for the fastest to win a division (1999), league pennant and a World Series (both 2001) — the only major championship an Arizona team owns.

Luis Gonzalez wore it when he launched his winning hit in Game 7. Jay Bell wore it when he floated to home plate. Randy Johnson wore it for four straight Cy Young awards.

Now, a distinctive franchise will simply blend in. Like the Angels. Like the Phillies, Cardinals, Nationals or the two teams with “Red” in their names.

It makes financial sense. It’s the way of the world. But it’s also a shame.

SORRY BOYS

A preseason No. 1 ranking and lots of interest is great for Ohio State fans — unless you’re a local Boy Scout.

For decades, scouts who volunteered as ushers at home games were rewa rded with free Buckeyes tickets. But with as many as 30,000 students seeking tickets — a huge jump — the scouts were left out.

‘‘For many boys, this was their only opportunity to see a game,’’ Ronald Green of the Boy Scouts’ Simon Kenton Council told The Associated Press. ‘‘We don’t take up much room.’’

The scouts aren’t the only losers. Vendors who hawk programs have also lost their free tickets and about 1,600 eligible faculty and staff also came up empty.

WISHES COME TRUE

A limited edition of 5,000 fullsized footballs commemorating Sunday’s first regular season game at Cardinals Stadium are available, with as much as $40,000 of the proceeds earmarked for the Arizona Make-AWish foundation.

The balls, with panels documenting the game and the history of both the Cardinals and the stadium, are $99 ($7.50 of which goes to Make-A-Wish) and come with their own display cases.

To order, call (800) 345-2868 or go to www.nikcosports.com. They are licensed by the NFL and come with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

QUICK HITTERS

• For those hoping Barry Bonds won’t break the all-time home run record, it’s not looking good. Bonds hit his fifth homer in 11 games Sunday, leaving him 26 shy of Hank Aaron and 755.

• The same day Andre Agassi made his touching, tearful exit from the U.S. Open, Andy Roddick won a big five-set match and walked off the court to the strains of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” For the sake of American men’s tennis, let’s hope so.

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