Posts made in July, 2009

Trade Deadline Flatline

July 31 is a nerve wracking day for players, front office personnel, and fans alike. Before the season started everyone believed they had a team that at least on paper would compete for a post season berth. Over the course of the first half of the season reality begins to set in and by the time the all-star break arrives teams can be divided into two categories – buyers and sellers. The buyers are those teams who are looking for that one...

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State of the Home Stand Address – July 23-29

At the conclusion of the game last night the Arizona Diamondbacks backed their bags and headed for the airport to begin a 10-game road trip to the east coast. After an off-day today they begin a four game series against the New York Mets. This will be the Diamondbacks first look at the new Citi Field. After a trip to the Big Apple, the Diamondbacks will travel to Pittsburgh for a 3-game rematch against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks...

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My Bucket List – Diamondbacks Style

Last off-season my wife insisted that we have a movie night. Since baseball was still a few months away I agreed. After all I had not seen Major League, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, or The Natural for a long time. She immediately vetoed any and all baseball movies including the 2001 World Series highlight video. Clearly this was going to be a long night if I had to endure a non-baseball movie. I will give her credit; she did not insist on some...

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My Thoughts on the Remarks of Hank Aaron

My Thoughts on the Remarks of Hank Aaron

As I was driving this morning I happened to listen to the radio. The sports announcers on this particular station were talking about last weekend’s Hall of Fame inductions. Instead of recounting the high points of each of the induction speeches by the player; this particular show was delving into the comments made by several Hall of Fame players over the weekend and the implications associated with them. In particular they were discussing...

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Hoping for Some Brotherly Love

The Arizona Diamondbacks just completed a 4 game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates winning 3 of the 4 games. Normally beating the Pirates 3 games is not an accomplishment that would warrant celebration but the way the 2009 season is going for the Diamondbacks I am surprised Phoenix has not blocked off the streets and called for a victory parade. To say this season has been challenging would be an understatement of the same magnitude as saying...

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Boys in the Hall

Each November Major League Baseball releases their Hall of Fame ballots to the baseball writers whose responsibility it is to determine which players meet the criteria to be included in the baseball Hall of Fame. In January the winners are announced and the recipients are left with 6 months to determine what they will say when it’s their turn to be inducted to this most hallowed institution. The Hall of Fame voting is now entering a phase...

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Shades of Humor

One of the more interesting aspects of being a baseball fan is the whole concept of the stadium giveaway. It always seemed weird to me that baseball teams would try to entice you to come to the game by giving you some kind of trinket that commemorated going through the turnstiles. That being said, I can tell you that one of the most important days of the year at our house is the day the Diamondbacks promotional calendar is released. My family...

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Diamondbacks Changing Colors Again?

One of the most traumatic days of my life occurred on November 8, 2006. It was one of those dates when later people mention a date and you know exactly where you were and what you were doing. In my universe it ranked right up there with where you were on the day the World Trade Center was attacked, the day of the Challenger space shuttle accident, or the day JFK was shot. On that fateful evening the Arizona Diamondbacks shed their purple and...

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A New Spring in My Step

A New Spring in My Step

It was a cool evening on February 27, 1998. The weather channel was predicting possible rain. I had a 2 hour drive ahead of me and I was not looking forward to getting to Tucson only to find out that weather had destroyed what I had been looking forward to for nearly four years. I sat and debated what to do. Finally, I grabbed my jacket jumped into the car and started my drive south. As I arrived in Tucson I could barely control my excitement....

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