It seems like yesterday was September 28 as I sat in my seats in Section 112 Row 8 watching as Randy Johnson threw a 2 hitter to win his 12th game of the season. As the final pitch was thrown around 3:30 PM the Diamondbacks season ended and the long dark off-season began. On the other hand it feels as though baseball has been gone forever. I had to endure the pain and agony of watching the Los Angeles Dodgers dismantle the Chicago Cubs then lose to the Philadelphia Phillies. It has been an eternity since the Phillies pulled an upset defeating the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series. I spent the next 149 days 9 hours 36 minutes replaying the final month of the 2008 season trying to figure out how the Arizona Diamondbacks could fall as far as they did allowing the Los Angeles Dodgers take the National League Western Division title. No matter how many times I go through the events I just can’t seem to grasp how it happened. It was a traumatic time for a Diamondbacks fan; one that is extremely hard to recover from.


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I was there in 2006 when the inaugural World Baseball Classic began play. One of the venues chosen for these games was Chase Field. I was eagerly looking forward to what was being touted as the baseball equivalent to the soccer World Cup. Finally major league baseball players from around the world would suit up and see which country had the strongest team. The rosters looked like a who’s who of baseball’s greatest stars. Unlike the annual all-star game these World Baseball Classic games actually meant something or at least that was what we were led to believe. I was there in attendance to watch the round-robin pool play which included Team USA. After the first couple of games I began to realize that this wasn’t anything like I was expecting. Many of the major league players were not yet in playing shape while others were viewing this as a glorified exhibition series. The players on Team USA were going through the motions and it was soon evident that they were destined to an early departure from the tournament.


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