JJ the Bag Lady and Diamondbacks Bags

JJ the Bag Lady and Diamondbacks Bags

One of the best parts of being a dedicated baseball fan is that you get to meet some pretty incredible people. Sure, it’s always exciting to meet a player or a coach but to me it is those dedicated fans that are the most interesting. Sometimes those meetings happen at the ballpark or during a Spring Training workout while others happen in the strangest places. No matter where the meeting occurs, it’s always fascinating to hear the stories of...

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I Had a Dream

I Had a Dream

I have to admit, the Diamondbacks starting the season 1-7 has taken more of an affect on me than I had expected. I’ve been in baseball long enough to know that the baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint so I get that a slow spot does not necessarily mean that the season will continue in a perpetual death spiral. As I read the comments on social media and hear the fans sitting around me proclaiming the sky is falling in their best...

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State of the Home Stand Address – March 31-April 3

State of the Home Stand Address – March 31-April 3

Seven years ago I penned a blog entry entitled ”State of the Home Stand Address – April 9-April 17”. This modest entry was the beginning of a very popular series that I have done on and off since. It is basically a home_stand-by-home_stand synopsis of the happenings at Chase Field. Much of these entries will include things around the stadium rather than what is happening on the field. Game results and analysis I’ll leave to others. Instead I...

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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Before the season began I perused the Diamondbacks schedule imagining what would unfold in each game thinking about what I might see and hear at Chase Field. Each series and each game has the opportunity for greatness and historic significance. Would this be the day or the game where the Diamondbacks would through their first no-hitter at Chase Field? Could this be the day that Aaron Hill hits for another cycle cementing his place in baseball...

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A Goose Egg

A Goose Egg

When the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks roster was created we were told the team was focused on eliminating strikeouts and focusing rather on contact hitters who could move runners along. Instead of having big hitters capable of changing the context of the game with one swing, the Diamondbacks would instead be focused on sustained offense throughout the lineup. Phrases such as “small ball”, “station-to-station”, and “gritty” were bantered about...

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April Fools?

April Fools?

To say this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks has gotten off to a rough start would probably be the biggest understatement of the year. It has been one long nightmare where every game ends in disaster. It started out with the Diamondbacks going to Australia dropping two games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was not just losing to the Dodgers that made it hard to accept but the fact that the Diamondbacks did not seem to be in either game at...

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It’s Opening Day, Again

It’s Opening Day, Again

I remember when I was a kid. Around Christmas time one of us would ponder at the breakfast table about how cool it would be if every day were Christmas. Imagine running down the stairs every day seeing that Santa Claus had visited while you were sleeping and left presents and filled our stockings with sugary goodness. This daydream would always be interrupted by our parents who would explain that too much of a good thing would ruin how special...

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Keeping Score

Keeping Score

For the past 17 seasons I have diligently kept score at every Arizona Diamondbacks game played at Bank One Ballpark/Chase Field. Nearly every season some fan will sit near me and ask me, “Why do you do that?” It’s hard to explain. Part of it may be because of all the time I spent charting pitches when I played. Once you start tracking every pitch of every game it just feels incomplete when you watch a game without doing it. Some if it is a...

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Farewell to Spring Training

Farewell to Spring Training

It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the beginning of Spring Training. The sun was shining and the roster looked like a vast improvement over the previous two years of 81-81 records. There was quiet optimism that this Arizona Diamondbacks team may be a sleeper pick to sneak up on some teams and play in the post season for the first time since 2011. Over the course of the next 52 days fans, players, and team personnel have...

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