State of the Home Stand Address – May 25-31Posted by Jeff Summers on Jun 1, 2009 in 2009 Regular Season | 3 comments
With the conclusion of yesterday’s game the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a seven game home stand. The team left Chase Field and caught a plane to Los Angeles where they will open a three game series with the Dodgers followed by a four game set with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
That means that it is time once again for another installment of the State of the Home Stand Address where I attempt to give you an update of how the latest home stand went for the Arizona Diamondbacks from a fan’s perspective. As a friendly reminder, the viewpoints and opinions expressed here are my own and in no way are they indicative of how others might view the team or Chase Field. This entry covers the three game series against the San Diego Padres and the four game series with the Atlanta Braves.
The Arizona Diamondbacks fresh off their most successful road trip of the season opened up a series with the San Diego Padres. San Diego took the first game in an extra inning affair when the Diamondbacks bullpen failed to hold a 6-run lead allowing 8 runs in the final 3 innings. Game 2 of the series saw nearly an identical situation with the Diamondbacks able to squeak out a win with the tying run just 90 feet away from scoring. The series with the Padres ended with another series loss which is become a regular occurrence at Chase Field this year.
A struggling Atlanta Braves team came to town next and the Arizona Diamondbacks gave Dan Haren some run support; something he is not used to this season. Game 2 saw the Diamondbacks lose but still putting up good offensive numbers. Game 3 went to the snakes in extra innings and give the fans hope that perhaps this team had turned the corner. Those hopes and dreams were immediately smashed in the first inning of game 4 when the Braves scored early and often to earn a split of the 4 game series.
Several new sponsors and signage showed up this home stand. On the leftfield wall is a new sign for SpongeTech. I never would have made the connection between synthetic sponges and baseball but I guess it’s pretty huge. The sign is on the scale of the one announcing the 2011 All-Star game so kudos to the Arizona Diamondbacks for getting someone to commit that kind of advertising dollars during these economic times.
The other signage is of a much smaller scale. These include new Brakes Plus signage on the rotating board at the bottom of Section 132. These rotate throughout the game at various times. They are not obtrusive and do break up the color of the green walls.
That lovable mascot D. Baxter the BOBcat got a new toy this home stand when RideNow unveiled a new off-road buggy for the kid’s favorite feline to ride on before the beginning of the game. It is a pretty cool vehicle and I especially love the metal Diamondbacks “A” logo hitch receiver cover. I wish I knew where they got that, I’ve been looking for one of those since 2007. Looks like I may have to go to RideNow and see if they carry them.
Prior to Saturday’s game the Diamondbacks hosted a group from the DeVry Institute who set up shop at the Sandlot in the upper deck. Two classes of students had created video games and were demonstrating them; allowing fans to test out the games. My wife and kids had a blast trying out the new technology. Results of the game tests will be introduced during a future game.
All-Star voting continued in the stadium with the Diamondbacks bringing back the Snake, Rattle, and Vote promotion that rewards fans with an opportunity to win prizes for turning in batches of 100 all-star ballots. We did our part turning in 600 ballots giving each of the kids 3 entries into the weekly drawing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed hoping we win one of the grand prizes of an all-star jersey, hat, and program. I’d love to go down on the field for that recognition.
From a food perspective the Garcias tacos have been gaining a lot of popularity especially with my family. They are a great value and taste awesome. My wife and I also tried the Tamales located at the top of Section 135. I was hesitant to try them but after having one of the Red I can wholeheartedly recommend them. For only $5 you get an incredible concession item. They have two versions, red which includes meat and green which is meatless. They do offer free samples to help you make up your mind which ones you want. Definitely give them a try, you’ll be happy that you did.
In the never-ending spicy mustard saga I was again thwarted in finding packages of spicy mustard at most concession stands. There are a few places to get it but the distribution of the mustard packets is spotty at best. If I could make one concession change I would make sure spicy mustard was available at all concession vendors who sold hot dogs, sausages, or hamburgers. It should not be this hard to get a condiment.
Well that should do it for this installment. The Diamondbacks return home to Chase Field on June 9 for a three game series with the San Francisco Giants and three games with the Houston Astros. Tickets are still available for all these games. Depending on how things go that series could feature Randy Johnson still going for his 300th win or he could be the latest 300-game winner when he gets here. There is a postgame concert following the June 13 game against the Houston Astros featuring Lifehouse. That is another game you won’t want to miss. I hope to see you at the game.