April 30, 2008
Yesterday was a complete aberration at Chase Field. It felt as though I had somehow escaped reality as we know it and was instead transported into another dimension where nothing seemed to follow logic. It started when I began reading the local newspaper. By reading the newspaper I mean the sports page since that is about the only section I read from April through October and even then I limit my reading preferences to only baseball specific stories. And just for the record I don’t classify Roger Clemens dating 15-year-old girls as baseball specific. That’s more Jerry Springer with cleats which I understand is very popular with the Country-singing, trailer-park living, tequila-drinking demographic that still believes Clemens did not use any performance enhancing substances. Perusing the newspaper I was not prepared that the front page would contain a picture of Astros closer and former Diamondbacks pitcher Jose Valverde hugging a Diamondbacks fan accompanied by a story talking about how surprised Valverde was that he was traded. Did I somehow mistakenly pick up a Houston newspaper? No, it said Arizona Republic at the top. I chalked the story up to poor editorial decision making by the paper and let it go. If that had been the only thing strange I probably would have just dismissed it but it just kept getting more bizarre.