Rally Monday

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?


Rally Monday is a celebration that is held in each of the cities represented by one of the teams that have made the MLB post season. It is an opportunity for teams and fans to recognize the accomplishments of each of the teams that have made it successfully into the play-offs. These celebrations offer teams and their fans a chance to get together and build excitement leading up to the first game of the play-offs. Rally Monday began in 2004 as a way to bridge the time between the end of the regular season and the beginning of the post season. Teams along with their sponsors hold celebrations to thank the fans for their support and hopefully build excitement for the first game of the play-offs.

This season marks the first time that the Arizona Diamondbacks will participate in Rally Monday since it was instituted two years after the last time Arizona was in the post season. The Diamondbacks Rally Monday celebration is scheduled for October 1, 2007 at Tempe Marketplace located at McClintock Drive and the 202 freeway. Several activities are planned for this event. Television announcers Mark Grace and Daron Sutton will be there to get the crowd excited. Two of the original Diamondbacks – Matt Williams and Jay Bell will attend. The Diamondbacks in-game hosts Mike and Vanessa will also be there working the crowd with the help of the Rally Backs. There will also be an appearance of D. Baxter the Bobcat the lovable mascot of the Diamondbacks. There will be a stage set up with musical entertainment. The team will be handing out rally-towels to the first 3.500 fans arriving. There will be prize giveaways including tickets to game 1 and game 2 of the series. The festivities go from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and the final half hour of the event will be televised on KTVK-TV Channel 3 for those who cannot attend in person. This is an event I don’t want to miss. I plan on being there and taking the kids. If you happen to see me in the crowd stop and say hello. I’ll be the guy in the Diamondbacks shirt and hat with the great big smile on my face.


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