The gang over at Fanatics recently reached out to me with a challenge. They have developed something they refer to as the Fan-O-Meter that can gauge what kind of fan you are. With baseball season once again upon us as we wait for Opening Day to arrive I thought it could be kind of interesting to see how I faired on the meter.

With a blog name like Diary of a Diehard there is a standard you have to live up to when calling yourself a fan so I took it as almost a moral imperative that I take the quiz and find out the magnitude of my fandom. After all, it would be pretty embarrassing if according to the Fan-O-Meter I was a zero or a one. I’d have to rename my blog, call a psychologist that treated illusions of grandeur, and most likely change all of my social media accounts to something like, Diary of a Pitiful Fan, which just doesn’t have the same ring to it.


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I started today much like I start everyday. I launched a browser window and entered dbacks.com in the address bar then navigated to the Job Opportunities page. Each morning I cross my fingers hoping that the Diamondbacks are looking for an Assistant to the Assistant of the Assistant to the President and CEO.

Like every other day I am crushed to find no such job opening listed. But today was a little different. Today there were actually jobs that would allow me to realize my dream of one day working in Major League Baseball.


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Happy National Chopsticks Day! It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Asian tableware and here we are again. Time seems to fly by when you are having fun scooping foreign cuisine out of a bowl with two pieces of wood.

I have to make a confession, I had no idea today was National Chopsticks Day. In fact, I didn’t even know that was a holiday until I received an email from Pei Wei this morning. I looked over the calendar and National Chopsticks Day didn’t seem to make it on the calendar I received from some unknown insurance guy.


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I’ll admit, I’m an optimist. The world can be crumbling down around me but I always try to find the humor and the positive side of things. I think it is just my way to try and cope with the stress that this world seems to put on each of our shoulders. It also helps to remind me that things could always be worse at least in my imagination.


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The funny thing about being a diehard baseball fan is that somehow you seem to make connections to everything you see or do and somehow relate it to baseball. Take tonight as an example.

During the off-season there are only so many times that you can watch the DVR recordings of baseball games from last year especially when your favorite team lost 98 games. The positive of that is you have lots of DVR space if you deleted all of the games where the Diamondbacks lost.


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Let me start out by saying that I am not a football fan. I’ve never been a football fan. I likely never will be a football fan. It’s hard to take a sport seriously where the season only lasts sixteen games over 17-weeks meaning that every team needs a week vacation sometime during the season. Plus it takes 53 people to make up a team and no one plays both offense and defense. It’s like an entire sport made up of designated hitters and you know how I feel about the DH rule.


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Over the weekend I received a surprising email from new Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. In the email he provided details on some of his ideas of how he will lead baseball in the post-Bud Selig era. I think it is only right that I should respond to his email.


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Before the Arizona Diamondbacks came into existence, I was a Cubs fan. One of the hardest things in my life was taking off my Cubs jersey and setting it aside for a purple and teal Diamondbacks jersey. I had grown up in rural Idaho but one of the few luxuries we had was WGN radio that would somehow traverse the atmosphere after dark. While the Cubs games were all finished for the day, we at least could hear the recaps of the games.


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I’ll Pass

The Internet is an amazing place and has changed our lives so much that it is hard to fathom what we ever did without it. Well, that’s not exactly difficult to imagine. Try using your smartphone in the middle of a grocery store or Chase Field and you know exactly what it’s like not to have internet access.


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