It has been a banner week for getting mail at our house. Normally we get things such as bills, requests for us to further our collection of credit cards, advertisements for weight loss and carpet cleaning (sometimes by the same company. I am guessing the program has something to do with me cleaning the carpets myself.) This week though, it was a little different. In addition to all that other stuff I had received my Salt Lake City Olympic tickets.
Today it was something even more exciting. I received a package from the Arizona Diamondbacks with my upgraded seat locations and a timeline of what to expect during what remained of this short off season. For the fourth time in five years, I was able to upgrade my Diamondbacks season tickets and I now have a new seat assignment. For the 2002 season, I will be sitting in Section 132 Row 16 Seat 15-16. We have moved over exactly one section from where we were last year. This means we will be just a little bit closer to third base, all the better to cheer the players. In the package they also explained that pitchers and catchers would report to Spring Training on Valentines Day (February 14 for those men such as me who might have forgotten that there are other activities than baseball on some days on the calendar). Position players will report to Tucson on February 19 (or the day when your wife finally forgives you for forgetting that Valentines Day was February 14). The team will have their first full day of practice on February 20. Wow, this is so cool! The Diamondbacks begin Cactus League play on March 1 with a game against the White Sox at Tucson Electric Park. It is hard to believe baseball games start in only 49 days. With the days still short and the nights still long, I can at least relax knowing that every day that passes means one less day without baseball.