October 1, 2007
For the first time since 2002 the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves as one of eight play-off teams. A few things have changed since the last time the Diamondbacks played meaningful baseball in October. One of those changes was the introduction of Rally Monday by Major League Baseball. What exactly is “Rally Monday”? It sounds an awful lot like a cross between a rally monkey and Rally Sally which is a pretty scary thought if you ask me. It’s like baseball’s version of the H.G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. For those of you who may have missed this classic and the later two pathetic attempts of making this into a movie (how could it go wrong when you have a movie starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer?) let me explain the plot. A man becomes shipwrecked on an island where he finds a mad scientist who is experimenting with men and animals playing God by turning them into monstrosities of living creatures. I can just see Rally Sally leading the other humanimals in a revolt by waving her flags as the creatures scream, “WHAT IS THE LAW!” Fortunately that is not what Rally Monday is. At least that is not what Rally Monday is while the sun is up. During the witching hours under the watch of a full moon things are not always as they appear. So the question remains, what exactly is Rally Monday?