Going into the series with the Los Angeles Dodgers I had such high hopes. The Dodgers were playing some of the worst baseball I had seen all season. They came in having lost all seven games of the current road trip. They had been swept by the Philadelphia Phillies which you could somewhat explain but they had also been swept by the Washington Nationals where were the worst team in all of Major League Baseball. The first game of the series had the pitching match-up that most favored the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks handed the visiting team their eighth straight loss. If you were a Diamondbacks fan you had to be feeling pretty good about your chances.


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I generally do not pay much attention to the Diamondbacks promotional schedule unless of course we are talking about bobble heads. I can give you the dates of each one of those giveaways (by the way the final one is September 13 for the Dan Haren bobble head). I don’t have to keep trace of the promotions; my kids do a more than adequate job of it. At the beginning of each season we go over the Diamondbacks schedule with a fine tooth comb. I am of course looking for interesting games and match ups (and the occasional bobble head). The kids are scouring the schedule to see when the cool giveaways are and what dates they have to be nice to their younger brother since he is the only one age eligible for the Sunday promotional items. So to say I was ill-prepared for tonight’s game would be an understatement.


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Dead Tired

All the hype to this series touted that it would be a match-up between the top two teams in the National League West to decide who would have the upper-hand down the stretch run for the divisional title. Before the season began these two teams were picked to duke it out in what was expected to be the most difficult division in baseball. Instead what we have are two teams that look exhausted. They are both coming off road series against last place teams and both were just swept by those last place opponents. The Arizona Diamondbacks were just soundly beaten by the San Diego Padres while the Los Angeles Dodgers were just taken to task by the Washington Nationals. You could have easily made the argument that these teams were battling for the rights to the first overall pick in next year’s amateur draft and few people would have contradicted you.


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When the San Diego Padres visited Chase Field last week I was really hoping to be able to take 2 of 3 games and win the series. When the Diamondbacks swept the Padres my confidence swelled. With the Dodgers struggling and losing all of their games during their current road trip I thought that this was the time for the Arizona Diamondbacks to nail the lid to the coffin shut and take control of their play-off destiny. All it would take would be for Arizona to win two or three games against the last place Padres and this race would basically be over even before the upcoming series against the Dodgers.


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Not Again!

When the Arizona Diamondbacks traded for Randy Johnson prior to the 2007 season everyone wondered why. They felt as though Johnson was in the twilight of his career and many questioned whether he had anything left in the tank. This appeared to be a sentimental trade to allow a player to retire with the club where he had the most success. Randy kept alluding to the fact that he wanted to continue to pitch and he felt that he could help this young team return to the post season. Everyone laughed and questioned whether he was delusional.


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For the past several seasons the Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled with attendance especially in the upper deck along the first and third base lines beyond the bag. Sure we have all heard that attendance is actually on the upswing and that this year the team is on pace to increase again but it is still somewhat disconcerting to look up and see all of the empty seats during the game. I am especially interested in getting more people in the seats in the upper deck but for an entirely selfish reason.


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After yesterday’s game the Arizona Diamondbacks packed up and headed to San Diego for a brief 3 game road trip. They will return home on Thursday to begin preparing for a 6 game home stand which includes the final home series with the Los Angeles Dodgers next weekend. This means it is time once again for the next edition of “State of the Home Stand Address” where I give a fan’s perspective of how the games went during the recent home stand. This entry covers the three game series with the San Diego Padres and the three game series with the Florida Marlins. As always I’ll start with my standard disclaimer that the opinions expressed within this post and this blog are my own and in no way are indicative of how others see the games or the series.


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