Posts made in April, 2007

Making a Splash

This season marks the tenth season that I have attended Arizona Diamondbacks ball games at Bank One Ballpark / Chase Field. I’ve attended 558 regular season games during that time. I’ve also attended every post season and Spring Training game that has ever been played at the stadium. Besides baseball I’ve also been to monster truck rallies, motocross races, a boat show, a marching band competition, and even a women’s...

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Free Baseball!

Last night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds had a little bit of everything. It was the best night of baseball I have seen at Chase Field all season. Of course it is only the second game of the season at Chase Field so my sample size for that statistic might be a little misleading. Nonetheless, it was a great night to be at the ballpark. After an opening night that saw 49,481 fans in attendance, there was a slight drop off in paid...

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The Camera Incident

Last night did not go completely as planned. While the game was a blast and both Trina and I had a good time, there was one unexpected incident that put a damper on our evening. For the past 10 years I have gone to every Diamondbacks home opener and each time I take a camera with me to get some shots of the game and the fans that are enjoying it. In 1998 I used my Olympus OM-4 35mm camera with a 180mm telephoto lens and a 2x teleconverter...

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The Home Opener

It seems like only last week I was excitedly talking about Opening Day and the beginning of baseball. Oh wait, that was just last week. I wondered whether the Diamondbacks Home Opener would be diluted or less exciting because I had attended Opening Day in Colorado. Just as soon as I asked that question of myself I immediately began to laugh. That has to be the stupidest question I have ever asked myself and I have asked a lot of stupid...

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Holiday Celebration

“Excuse me, could you please tell me which aisle I could find the Sedona Red rattlesnake eggs?” I asked. For the fourth consecutive store I was met with a blank stare by store employees followed by a pause and a “wha?” What kind of society do we live in when a guy can’t find Sedona Red or Sonoran Sand snake eggs for Easter? This is totally messed up. I’ve scoured the stores looking for plastic eggs for Easter...

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License to Thrill

On August 11, 2006 before a game against the Florida Marlins the Arizona Diamondbacks recognized Arizona Senate President Ken Bennett by allowing him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The pitch was a little wimpy and I came away not thinking too highly of Mr. Bennett’s throwing abilities. After the pitch the Diamondbacks announcers stated that the reason Bennett was throwing out the first pitch was for his efforts on behalf of...

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What Happened to Global Warming?

For nearly the entire off season I could not pick up a newspaper without at least one story telling of the dire straits this planet is in and how global warming could jeopardize the survival of the human species. Scientists told of how temperatures were continuing to rise making everything just a little warmer. Soon we would see palm trees growing in the Rocky Mountains and the polar ice caps would melt putting Florida and California...

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The Curse Upon Us

After the frustrating last two games in Colorado, I am sure the Diamondbacks were as anxious to get out of Denver as I was. Tuesday’s game was a heart breaker. After the late inning heroics of Stephen Drew in the eleventh gave the Diamondbacks the lead, we saw it evaporate in the bottom of the inning on a blown save by the “big potato” Jose Valverde. (For those who don’t know, Valverde was given the nickname Papa Grande...

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Three Down, 159 to Go

It was a weird three game series against the Colorado Rockies. Opening Day began with a 1:05 PM Arizona time game. That was followed by a 5:35 PM Arizona time second game. It concluded with a 12:05 PM Arizona time concluding game. I don’t remember the last three game series the Diamondbacks played where 2 of the games were day games during the week. Maybe this weird scheduling is the reason the Diamondbacks dropped two of the three games....

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