It’s Time!

I came home from work, relatively relaxed knowing that the work week was now behind me. I always look forward to the weekends and being able to lounge around. I was surprised when Trina met me at the door, a pained look on her face. It’s time she said. What? Not now, not yet! I sure hadn’t planned it like this. My mind began to race. Did we have everything? Were the kids taken care of, how are you feeling? I ran around gathering everything up just as we had planned. I then got Trina into the car and we squealed out of the subdivision. I had the route all planned out in order to make the best time. I even had my excuses laid out in case the police pulled us over for speeding. Things were going like clock work. We made it in record time, even Mario Andretti would have been proud of my driving prowess. I helped Trina out of the car and we went into the registration area. I left her in good hands. I was so nervous. I don’t know why, I had been through this before but still my heart was racing. Maybe a trip to the gift shop would calm me down. I wandered up and down the aisles but my mind was not on shopping. I kept thinking about Trina and what she was going through right now. I went back to check on her when I was greeted at the door by one of the attendants. He shook my hand and congratulated me. I thanked him and went in to see Trina. There she was, tired but relieved. There in her arms was the most precious thing I had seen this year. She gently handed it to me and lovingly said, “Congratulations, you now have two fully paid season tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks.” As I held the receipt in my hands, I could have just cried.


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This column has been written for over a week. All the details were accurate. All that was lacking was confirmation from the team. Unfortunately, that did not come. Finally on January 28, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced the signing of Brian Anderson to a three year deal. BA will be paid $11 Million in salary. The contract is laden with incentive clauses which could give Brian an extra $1.25 Million if he reaches certain milestones. The three-year contract all but insures that Anderson will be a major part of the Diamondbacks starting rotation for the forseeable future. Anderson seemed pleased with the terms of the contract saying he and his wife felt that Arizona is where he would like to play. With the loss of Andy Benes to the St. Louis Cardinals, Anderson will be among the starting rotation that includes Randy Johnson, Todd Stottlemyre, Omar Daal, and Armando Reynoso. This contract means that all of the Diamondbacks starters are under contract through at least 2001.


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