April 21, 2009
When you go to as many games as I do each year and sit in a section made up primarily of group tickets or season tickets that have been split a million different ways you get to meet a lot of interesting people; some more interesting than others. Over the course of the first 10 home games I have begun to see a disturbing trend in the stands. With the slow start by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the fans have become much more restless and critical that I have seen in the past. I am not sure whether the expectations are higher this year or if the fans are taking out their frustrations about their jobs, financial issues, or the economy on the team. It should be important to remember that the season is only 13 games old and with 149 games remaining there is still time to make up any ground the DBacks might have lost in these early games. If history has taught us anything it is that the baseball season is a marathon and how you start is not necessarily how you finish. The 2008 season is a prime example. The Arizona Diamondbacks began last year going a blistering 20-8 in April and finished 2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the stadium. After the first 13 games last year the Dodgers were 5-8 and won the National League Western Division. In 2001 after 13 games the Diamondbacks were 5-8 and that year they won their only World Championship. Of course it should also be noted that the Diamondbacks were 5-8 in 2004 and went on to lose 111 games so anything is possible.