Paraskevidekatriaphobia, even the word sends chills down my spine. When the baseball schedule is released every year I go through it with a fine tooth comb looking at potential match-ups, length of home stands, comparing gameday giveaways, and in general planning out my summer. After the first five or six reviews of the schedule I finally get down to marking out the calendar so that Trina and the kids know when I will be at home and when I will be at HOME (Chase Field). It was during this last review that I suddenly realized that the Arizona Diamondbacks would be playing on April 13 which is a Friday. Friday the thirteenth? Was this some kind of joke? Who in their right minds would schedule a baseball team to play on one of the most unlucky days of the year? This had to be some kind of mistake didn’t it? This is the kind of thing that can cause you to lose an entire season. What was even more inexplicable was the fact that the Diamondbacks would have an off-day on Thursday April 12 as did their Friday opponent the Colorado Rockies. Why in the world didn’t the scheduling geniuses at Major League Baseball just move the game ahead one day to the twelfth and then give the team the day off today eliminating any potentially devastating disasters? I guess for the same reason that they scheduled home games in the middle of winter storms in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York.

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