Posts made in September, 2000

Lighten Up

Now that the Arizona Diamondbacks have graciously bailed out of the race for the National League West title, I find that I have a lot more free time and a lot less stress in my life. I think it is admirable that they stepped aside to allow other teams in the division to get a chance to compete and win a play-off spot. Surely that is the reason why they dropped six in a row and have lost nearly 26 games to the Giants since May 28. You have to...

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Clinching My Teeth

Tonight was a game I had been looking forward to all season. Like many of the other fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks, I had anticipated that this series would be when the Diamondbacks would be able to clinch the National League West title for the second straight year. It seemed only appropriate that we should win it again as we were in San Francisco. But over the last couple of weeks, I have become more of a realist knowing that it would take a...

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Hey Buddy, Can You Spare a Run?

I rushed home from work today so that I had time to grab a bite to eat and get in front of the television to watch the final game of the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers series. Randy Johnson was on the mound and I was sure that this was the night that the Diamondbacks would get out of their funk. The game began with Randy pitching well and striking out eight batters in the first five innings. It was a classic pitching match up where two warriors...

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Pain, Sorrow, and Bike Helmets

It has been a troubling several days around our house, especially for Trina. Late last week, there was an eight-year-old boy who was hit by a school bus while he was riding his bike to school. Whenever there is a tragedy that involves a child, it tears at the heart strings of a parent. In this case though, it hit closer to home. You see, we knew this little boy. Trina had watched him grow up. They were members of our church and Trina had served...

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On the Road One Last Time

As incredible as it seems, the Diamondbacks are on their last road trip for the 2000 season. It seems like yesterday that I was eagerly awaiting pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. I am really not ready for baseball season to be over and I am especially not ready for the Diamondbacks to be on the road. There are way to many things that need to be done around the house for me not to have a game to go to. Trina has been eagerly...

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Bullpen Bubba

Sometimes, even the best laid plans go awry. Sunday games are always a time where Dakota and I go down early so that he can participate in Bullpen Buddies. We have not missed one yet this season. Dakota has been able to go down into the bullpen and meet one or two of the Diamondbacks players and get their autographs. He has quite a collection of signatures on his ball. Today, I had a hard time getting the boy out of bed. He had forgotten that...

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White Whale Off the Port Bow!

For an entire season, I have been pursuing my own White Whale. Alas, the similarities between myself and Captain Ahab have been uncanny. We have each been relentless in our quest to best our adversaries. In his case, Captain Ahab was after Moby Dick, the great white whale. For me, it has been a picture of Matt Williams without his hat. My chronicles with Matt Williams have been well documented from the time when I followed him around the golf...

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Troop Movements

As a father of 5 children from the ages of 17 to 3, you quickly learn that it is the children that run the household rather than the parents. I remember faintly when Trina and I got married and began to contemplate having a family. We watched as other young couples raised their children and evaluated performance like an impartial judge at the Olympics. It always seemed as though with one child, the parents had control and were able to enforce...

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Happy Birthday Unit

I had the day all planned out. I would get up, have a little breakfast, read the newspaper (well, specifically I would read the sports page. Okay, I would study the box scores, evaluate the pitching match-ups, review the write-up from yesterday’s game, and examine how the Florida Marlins hitters have done in their career against Randy Johnson), then get ready to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks game. The plan was foolproof, except I...

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