Heading Home

After the excitement of yesterday’s Opening Day, I awoke to the reality that I had to go back to Arizona today. It’s funny, a 13 hour drive didn’t seem like much when I was going to Opening Day but a 13 hour drive to go home and go back to work seems like an eternity. Looking back I didn’t plan this trip very well. I should have made it a couple of days longer and stay for the whole three game series against the Colorado Rockies. I can’t believe what an idiot I was. I guess I need to get home so Trina can remind me the magnitude of my idiot-cy. I packed my bags and headed down to the lobby to check out. In the elevator I ran into Juan Cruz and congratulated him on the win the day before. I always thought Cruz looked thin in his uniform but that is nothing compared to what he looks like in street clothes. I have a feeling he is never going to get an endorsement deal as spokesperson for Hungry Man soups. As I reached the lobby I went outside to see what the weather would be like. I thought I was going to die. The temperature was 34 degrees and the wind is blowing 10-15 miles per hour making the wind chill somewhere in the low 20’s. Not even my refrigerator is that cold at home. I quickly realized my dedication to the Diamondbacks when my face and fingers turned an exact match to Sedona Red. I hurried back into the hotel before my appendages began to turn black.

The drive home would have been unbelievably boring and long except for the fact that I had XM Radio with MLB Home Plate. I’ve become a big fan of satellite radio especially when driving long distances. It used to be so frustrating to have to constantly look for local radio stations or listen to the same short stack of CDs. Now I can tune in and listen to people talk about baseball for 978 miles. It was funny, I left Denver just as the players were getting up and preparing to go to the ballpark. I drove all day long and was still in the car when the game started at 6:35 PM. Come to think about it, that’s not funny it is downright depressing. Not as depressing as seeing a 1 run lead evaporate in the 11th inning after a heroic effort by Stephen Drew but it was still pretty depressing. In the end I pulled into the driveway just as the clock struck midnight. In all I listened to 4 complete baseball games including an extra inning affair. I heard Charlie Steiner interview 2 general managers and a handful of reporters covering a multitude of teams. I was tired but grateful as it could have been a lot worse. I could have had to drive 13 hours without a radio and not know the outcome of tonight’s Diamondbacks game.

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