One Step Closer

I always look forward to the date that Major League Baseball announces the upcoming season schedule. Like every fan you want your local team to open the season at home and end the season at home just because it means that no other baseball will happen before or after you get to watch your team. For the 2007 season neither of these events occurs for the Diamondbacks. They open the season on the road against the Colorado Rockies on April 2 and they close the season on the road against the Colorado Rockies. It’s bad enough that the Rockies fans get to see the new uniforms before the Diamondbacks fans but they also get to see our team a week after they have left the friendly confines of Chase Field. This was almost too much for me to deal with. I decided that I had to do something about it. First I thought about writing to the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig and ask him to please change the schedule but I quickly realized that probably was not going to be a realistic request. Besides it would have implications outside of Colorado and Arizona and that didn’t seem quite fair. I began to wonder, if I couldn’t get the commissioner to change the schedule what alternatives did I have at my disposal? The most realistic alternative I could think of was that I needed to travel to Colorado the first week of April. Thinking about last summer and what happened when I suggested that we make a slight side trip to Tampa Bay Florida for our 25th wedding anniversary to see the Diamondbacks play the Devil Rays; I wasn’t sure how realistic the alternative was for me to go to Colorado. I decided to take a chance though and make a proposal to Trina.

“You know dear, I was thinking. Maybe we should take the kids to Denver Colorado. It is a very educational destination and I think the kids could benefit from a little bit of culture and information. We could take them to the mint to see how coins are made, we could go to the museum of natural history, and on the way we could stop and see dinosaur national monument.” I figured the best way to approach this would be to play on her educational sympathies. After all, what parent doesn’t think their kid could use a little educational enlightenment? “With Tiffany going to be taking economics classes the mint tour may be helpful and Whitney has expressed an interest in natural history so she may enjoy the museum and every little boy loves dinosaurs.” I was definitely on a roll with my argument. Not even Johnny Cochran could get out of this argument.

“That does sound interesting and the kids could use a few activities that actually teach them something” Trina said. “When were you thinking of making this trip?”

“Well I was thinking that maybe we could go towards the end of March or first of April. By that time the weather will be nice and it won’t be too cold.” I said. I didn’t want to just blurt out April 2 at 2:05 PM MDT. I figured that may be a dead giveaway.

“Did you say the first of April? Do we have to check the Diamondbacks schedule to make sure they are not in town?” Trina asked.

“No the home opener is not until April 9th at 6:40 PM MST so we would be back before then.” I was feeling really confident that this just might work.

“April 9th seems late for baseball season to start.” Trina then went to the refrigerator to look at the schedule that I had hung there last October with a countdown to Opening Day 2007. “Hey wait a minute, the Diamondbacks open the season against the Rockies. Don’t they play in Denver?”

I was obviously had and I couldn’t think of anything that was going to get me off the hook. My mine raced as I tried to come up with something that would cover my tracks. The look on my face was that of a deer in headlights. I panicked and had nothing. “Oh, uh yeah, I think I remember hearing that the Rockies had moved to Denver. Well as long as we are there I guess we could see if the Rockies are playing.” I glanced over towards Trina hoping that she was somehow buying that story but it was obvious I was had.

“Yeah right, nice try. There is no way I am taking the kids out of school so that we can drive for 10 hours to go to a baseball game because you can’t wait a week for them to start the season.” Trina had that tone of finality that usually means I have lost yet another round.

“Well how about if I go to Denver and see what I can find out about museums and the mint and stuff. Then we can plan a trip later in the year like in September or something.” I figured maybe she would not look far enough ahead to realize that the Diamondbacks would be there the last weekend of September. Trina figured that I was probably going to go anyway so she may as well agree since she already won the battle she could afford a small compromise. I’ll take any victory no matter how small and gladly accepted that it was ok for me to go to Denver to see a baseball game. I immediately rushed out to the Colorado Rockies web site to see what tickets were available. I had been watching the site for several days and making ticket requests. Each time I asked for best available and each time I was given the choice of section 322. Being a mile high already I was not keen on sitting on the upper deck. After all, I did want a little bit of air to breath. Today though I had new hope and enthusiasm and prayed that maybe something better than section 322 would be available. I crossed my fingers and clicked the “best available” button. After whirling and what seemed like an extremely long time the system came back with Section 119 Row 18 Seat 9-10. Wow, those are great seats! I immediately grabbed 2 tickets and went through checkout. I now have two tickets to Opening Day 2007 in Denver Colorado on April 2. I’m one step closer to the season starting.

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