Going into the final day of April the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves with an abysmal 8-22 record to begin the season. This is the second worst start in franchise history just one game better than the 1998 inaugural season (a loss today would tie them for the worst record in franchise history to begin the year). The 2014 Diamondbacks are four games worse than the 2004 team at this juncture and that team went on to lose 111 games.

While the season still has 132 games remaining, the fan base in Arizona is already becoming restless with signs spotted at Chase Field recommending the firing of manager Kirk Gibson, general manager Kevin Towers, CEO Derrick Hall, and owner Ken Kendrick. The advent of social media is providing fans a way to make their desire for change known with immediate feedback. In today’s day and age patience is becoming shorter and shorter.


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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 other baseball fans.


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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 Chicken Little impersonations I tend to chuckle and suggest they might want to add 1-800-SUICIDE to their cellphones to get help before taking a step off the ledge.


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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 will focus on what is happening at the stadium during the recently completed home stand.


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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 history? Would this be the day that Mark Trumbo hits the longest home run in Chase Field history? Is it possible that Paul Goldschmidt could make a run at Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak?


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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.


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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 all.


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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.


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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.


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