August 31, 2007
The Arizona Diamondbacks don’t play the Colorado Rockies every week; it just seems that way. This home stand starts with a three game series against the Rockies. Like the Arizona Diamondbacks the Rockies are made up of a core of really good young position players who have had a good run in the second half of the season. Tonight’s game marks the 13th regular season game these two teams will play this year. They will have two more at Chase Field after tonight and then the Diamondbacks will travel to Denver the last weekend of the regular season to end the year the way they began with a three game series at Coors Field. Besides the 13 meetings they have had during the regular season the two teams also met for 4 games in Spring Training meaning that they are very familiar with each other. So after this many contests, is there anything that they haven’t seen before?
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August 30, 2007
It’s funny that the more you love someone the more you seem to take them for granted. At least that is the overwhelming sentiment that Trina explains to me on what seems like a nightly basis. To be honest I had no idea really what she was talking about (again no surprises there if you ask Trina). But this week has given me an opportunity to do a lot of soul searching and re-evaluate my life and my priorities. Our time here on this earth is brief and we never know when that time might get cut short. I would hate to look back and have regrets that I might not have shown the proper amount of appreciation for the ones I love. This epiphany has been a very humbling experience for me and made me realize that Trina was right; I am guilty of overlooking all the wonderful things that are done for me. I woke up this morning and vowed to myself that I would change.
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August 29, 2007
This time of year is always busy around Major League Baseball. The play-off picture begins to come into focus and the dog days of summer begin to fade into the drive to the post season. And while the Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled as of late they still find themselves clinging to the lead in the National League Western Division or at the very least the lead in the National League Wild Card race. Not all of the buzz around baseball revolves around the players on the current 25-man roster.
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August 28, 2007
With the team now on their way to San Diego for a brief 4 game road trip against the second-place Padres it is now time for the latest installment of my State of the Home Stand Address. For those of you who are new or who have short-term memory loss this is an entry where I discuss my thoughts on the state of the team, the stadium, baseball, or in most cases random thoughts from the just completed home stand. I attempt to identify new things that occurred at the game and give you an idea of things you might look for the next time you are at the ballpark. It is kind of a fan’s perspective of what is going on around Chase Field with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This episode discusses the home stand that ran from August 20 through August 26 which included a three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers and a three game series with the Chicago Cubs.
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August 27, 2007
As I have discussed in previous blog entries, I am a big pin collector. I’ve especially been impressed with the types of pins that the Arizona Diamondbacks have produced this season. Each week-end the pin trading board is set up outside the team shop on the main concourse and each week-end I am there to see what people have traded to the board and what new pins they have available. Normally there is a poster sized board next to the pin trading station showing any new pins that are planned to be released. The Diamondbacks have implemented a pin of the month where they have a limited edition pin commemorating a player or event from the 2007 season. All year long I have been waiting for the August pin and finally it was here.
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August 26, 2007
Earlier this week I lamented about the fact that the Arizona Diamondbacks giveaway to today’s game was only for children ages 12 and younger. I am not sure what I expected going to Chase Field today. Naively I thought maybe my sad puppy dog eyes would result in an usher having mercy on me and handing me a second lunch box since it was obvious that my son Dakota did not get the hint at how much I wanted one of these. As I walked through the turnstile I walked extra slowly and looked even more pathetic than I normally did. Unfortunately that look didn’t work any better at the ballpark than it did at home with Trina. The usher held his ground and reiterated that these lunch boxes were for kids only. I now had a full understanding and empathy for the Trix Rabbit when the kids refused to share their breakfast cereal and callously announced, “Trix are for kids.” For a brief moment I considered grabbing a lunch box and making a run for it just like the rabbit. But I have seen enough Trix commercials to know what the outcome of that course of action would be. Besides, I was entering the stadium not leaving it. Where exactly did I think I would go once I took off running? Sooner or later they would look in Section 132 Row 15 Seat 14 and men and the lunch box would be pinched. No, I had to come to grips with the thoughts that I was once again going to be denied the opportunity to carry my lunch wrapped in the goodness of a metal lunch box.
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August 25, 2007
This series hasn’t really started off too well. First there was the Singles Night phone problem then the Diamondbacks ended up losing the game badly. As I predicted, there were rabid Cubs fans everywhere and they seemed to be even more obnoxious than I had remembered. That statement should be put into perspective and I think my son Dakota summed it up rather well. “Those Chicago fans are nuts! They are not Boston Red Sox nuts but they are at least as crazy as Yankee fans! They really need to go home.” The crowd at last night’s game was roughly 15,000 fans more than the Diamondbacks have been averaging and ever one of them had on Cubs merchandise. Tonight’s game would be even worse. First the Cubs won a game which meant that even the part-time Cubs fans would come out of the woodwork. When you have been following a team with a 99 year draught between World Series wins a one game winning streak is a beacon of optimism. Second, the Diamondbacks marketing department in their infinite wisdom scheduled a bobble head night during a series when the home fans were outnumbered 3-1. For Randy Johnson bobble head night we had to endure Red Sox fans which was bad enough but with Cubs fans in attendance tonight would be Mark Grace bobble head night. Yes the same Mark Grace who was a long time Chicago Cub and who left the city and came to the desert where he struck gold winning a World Series title. Tonight may as we have been “Salt in your wounds” night at the ballpark.
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August 24, 2007
Have you ever had one of those ideas that seem absolutely brilliant when it first comes to you and no matter how hard you try you just cannot find a flaw with the plan? But then inexplicably when you try to implement your idea someone finds a glaring error in your planning and everything comes crashing down like the Hindenburg blimp disaster? I’d like to say that never happens to me but truthfully it happens all too often. I’m an idea guy. I tend to look at the world a little differently than most people (or so I’ve been told). But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Because I look at things at a slightly different angle I sometimes come up with things that have not occurred to other people. I tend to think that is a good thing but not everyone would agree with me on that. Take tonight’s game for example.
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August 23, 2007
Much has been spoken and written in the local media outlets regarding the attendance at Arizona Diamondbacks games. The sports radio talking heads have been calling out fans for months for their lack of commitment that is being shown by the fans at Chase Field. Newspaper columns have likewise complained of the lukewarm reception that the Diamondbacks receive from the local fans. The Arizona Republic has gone as far as to request answers from fans as to why they are not showing up to support their team. The answers given have been enlightening and in many cases comical. The paper armed with these responses have gone back to the Diamondbacks to demand responses to these comments as if the team is somehow driving fans away from the ballpark. For the most part I have remained relatively neutral to the arguments.
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