May 31, 2008
At the game last night I entered the stadium and begin walking towards section 112. Along the way I passed Guest Relations and stopped at the kiosk to swipe my Fry’s D-Backs Rewards card and my ticket. According to the people at the D-Backs Rewards booth behind section 139 I should be receiving 5 points for every game I attend this season. I can use these points along with those received by purchasing products at Frys and I can redeem them for valuable prizes. Personally I don’t think that I am getting credit for attending any games. This is more of an exercise and dexterity maneuver to see if I can walk, swipe, and retrieve a coupon. The reason I question the program is the fact that when I swipe my card the screen says “Welcome Diamondbacks Fan” rather than my name. Secondly, I went out and looked on the Frys web site at my account and it shows that I have 180 points total. Considering that I have been to 32 games this season plus shop at Frys exclusively for groceries that point total is way out of whack. The other issue I have with this program is that you are only rewarded for one person attending the game. We have 2 tickets that we use at every game yet we are only credited with 1 seat being filled since you cannot swipe 2 tickets on a Fry’s D-Backs Rewards card. It’s one of the hokier programs I’ve ever seen. I miss the old Diamondbackers program the team used to have. At least then I felt like I was rewarded for attending all of the games. The prizes offered by Frys are not bad, I would LOVE to get the autographed team ball but it is completely impossible since they have only 1 of those prizes and it is valued at 1,000 points. If I attend all 81 home games I am still lacking 595 points and it does not appear as though I can buy enough cookies, water, and crackers to accumulate that many points. So for now I will just have to be content in getting the daily coupons to save a little at the concession stands. The coupon I got last night had an extra tidbit of information that was valuable.
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May 30, 2008
I feel a little like Frank Costanza from Seinfeld today. Seinfeld was one of the few non-baseball shows that I actually watched. Each Thursday I would be entertained by a show about nothing. Mind you this was several years BT* (* – Before Tivo) so you actually had to be around to watch television when it was scheduled. Oh sure there were some people that owned a VCR but the majority of them suffered from Flash-a-noona that debilitating technical phenomena where your VCR continuously flashed the time of 12:00 with no idea what time or date it really was. Wow, I really feel dated. The next thing you know I will be telling everyone how I had to walk to school 5 miles in the snow battling grizzly bears with my spiral notebook and that when I was a kid gas was a quarter and for that price a guy would come out and pump your gas, wash your windows, fill your tires with air, and give you a free drinking glass if you bought 7 gallons or more.
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May 29, 2008
As the final notes of the “Diamondbacks just lost” music drifted through the stadium I began to gather up my scorebook and pack my seat cushion preparing to leave Chase Field. That old guy I sat near was right, this is depressing music. I really hate when they play that song. I can’t decide if I don’t like the tune or that I just don’t like the fact that the Diamondbacks have just lost the game. I’m beginning to think this music is some sort of psychology experiment similar to the one Ivan Pavlov executed on dogs where he would ring a bell then feed the dogs. After an extended period of time he could ring the bell and the dog would begin salivating thinking he was going to eat. Maybe after a decade of hearing this music I have just been conditioned to be depressed whenever it is playing. I can guarantee that this is one song I won’t be rushing home to find on iTunes.
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May 28, 2008
I seriously hate it when I am right, even partially right. As I figured, the Diamondbacks hitters struggled against Tim Lincecum and the Diamondbacks did lose but it was closer than the 5-1 score I had predicted. I guess I should feel good that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was still pretty bad though. It did feel good to be back at Chase Field. Even the worst game played is better at the ballpark than the best game on television.
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May 27, 2008
Mercifully the Diamondbacks road trip is now over and they return tonight to Chase Field. The team has only been gone for 8 days and 7 games; it just feels like it has been longer. The inconsistent offense and lack of production has been extremely painful to watch. I’m sure everyone is hoping that a return to Chase Field for 3 games against the National League West will be just what the doctor ordered to get the team back on its winning ways. The San Francisco Giants come in for 3 games followed by the Washington Nationals for a weekend series. On paper you would think this would favor the Diamondbacks but if this past week has taught us anything it is that you just have no way of knowing which Diamondbacks team is going to show up on any given night.
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May 26, 2008
Over the course of a season there are certain days when I just have a lot of things on my mind. Very few of them warrant an entire entry but they do seem to eat at me to the point that I need to write something about it. So today seemed like the perfect time for a potpourri of subjects to be covered in a single entry. Today marked the end of what seemed like the longest road trip in the universe. It’s only been a week since the Diamondbacks last game at Chase Field but it just feels like a lot longer than that. This is probably due to the fact that away from the friendly confines of Chase the team plays like a bunch of clowns in the circus. I realize that Chase Field is known as a hitter’s park but I still cannot get my hands around the fact that Diamondbacks batters are hitting nearly 100 points lower on the road than they are at home. This coupled with the on-again-off-again nature of the offense makes these games feel like an eternity.
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May 25, 2008
August 18, 2007 defined the season for Diamondbacks rookie Micah Owings. Prior to that game Micah was on-again-off-again on the mound and there were beginning to be rumblings that perhaps Owings was better suited as a long reliever rather than a starter. That night in Turner Field Micah put on a show that may never be seen again. On the mound he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits all of them home runs in 7 innings of work. He also struck out 7 Braves batters and lowered his earned run average to 4.70. That was only part of the story though. At the plate Micah Owings went 4-5 with a double and 2 home runs driving in 6 runs and carried the team on his back to a 12-6 win. From that moment on Micah Owings was a starting pitcher and more importantly an offensive force to be reckoned with at the plate. Teams from that point had to prepare differently for games where Owings pitched. National League managers had to think like their American League counterparts looking at Micah as more of a designated hitter than a pitcher.
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May 24, 2008
Chase Field is the second highest stadium in Major League Baseball. The only playing surface at a higher altitude is Coors Field which sits at a mile above sea level. The altitude coupled with the good sight lines and warm temperatures make it a great hitter’s park. Despite the large expanse of outfield grass balls seem to carry well at Chase Field for more than its fair share of home runs and extra base hits. Unlike the Colorado Rockies, the Diamondbacks have not instituted the use of a humidor for storing baseballs thus giving an advantage to the hitters. Since Arizona plays 81 games a year at Chase Field some would say they have an advantage over their opponents in being able to get runners on base. This has not necessarily been the case over the course of the first decade in the desert but this year does appear to be a factor.
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May 23, 2008
The last time we saw Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Doug Davis he was walking off the field after pitching 6 strong innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits and had struck out 7 batters. As he made his way to the dugout the crowd of 28,973 stood and gave Double-D a standing ovation. This was not your average start by a number four starter. This was a courageous start by a player who had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was making his final start before going in for surgery two days later. The game almost seemed trivial compared to what Davis would be facing next. No one including Doug Davis or his doctors knew what to expect. Everyone was hopeful that the surgery would be successful and Davis would be able to fully recover and be back in the line-up some time this season.
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