Tonight, Trina drug me to a craft store to look for supplies for one of her endless projects. Besides myself, she also tagged my three-year-old son Dakota. He and I being the only two males in the household, I think she felt that we needed to better get in touch with our feminine side. I have tried to explain to her that in many third-world countries, her actions would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. In fact, I have seen the movie Midnight Express and even inmates in Turkish prisons are not forced to look at endless aisles of glue sticks. Regardless of our whimpering and whining, we still had to go. So there we were, marching down the rows of Styrofoam balls, past the land of glitter. From the shopping cart, Dakota began to sing the one song he knows from start to finish. With each passing step he began to sing louder. “Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd!” His voice began to carry throughout the store. By the time he got to “root, root, root for the Diamondbacks”, several other men in the store began to chime in. By the end of his song, everyone in the store had come over to see who was singing. They couldn’t believe it was coming from a little boy. I couldn’t understand the commotion. Doesn’t every kid learn Take Me Out to the Ballgame as their first song? These people really need to get out more. What was more amazing was how quickly Trina finished her shopping so that she could get us out of that store. For nearly 20 years I have tried without success to get out of a craft store in less than three hours and have been unsuccessful. Now, my three-year-old got her out in less than 20 minutes. I’m beginning to think this kid is some kind of genius. I wonder what he can do at a fabric store.


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With Tony Womack wrapped up for another four years, the Diamondbacks have set their sights on the other three players they have that are eligible for arbitration. First up is Matt Mantei. Mantei solidified the bullpen for the Diamondbacks last season and many feel that he was the key ingredient in the late season charge resulting in the team winning the Western Division championship. Matt must feel the same since he and the team are currently at odds over what he should be paid next season. The Diamondbacks have supposedly offered a three year deal valued around $9 million. Mantei on the other hand feels he is now one of the premier closers in the game and is looking to be paid similar money to what Trevor Hoffman was given in San Diego. Neither side seems willing to compromise. This could become a case where the two sides will need arbitration to solve their differences. This will not sit well with Jerry Colangelo. He has made his feelings known to baseball that the current arbitration process should be abolished.


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