Posts made in August, 2009

State of the Home Stand Address – August 28-30

When we left the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team was huddled around the mound as the team’s training staff worked on closer Chad Qualls who dislocated his left knee on the last play of the game. Sweeping the Houston Astros during a three game series seemed like a distant memory after seeing Qualls unable to put any weight on his left leg. While the Diamondbacks boarded a bus for Sky Harbor airport for a plane trip to Los Angeles; Chad Qualls...

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Not So Sweet Sweep

It’s funny how different a fan’s outlook can be after just a few short games.  Earlier this month the Diamondbacks were on a 4-city, 10-game road trip that saw them get swept in Atlanta and Philadelphia and lost four of six in Houston and San Francisco.  It felt like a reincarnation of the 2004 Diamondbacks team that lost 111 games; the most in franchise history. The road trip ended with the Diamondbacks salvaging one win in the bay area...

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A Cornucopia of Entertainment

A Cornucopia of Entertainment

Every so often I am approached by someone, usually a non-baseball fan, who asks the question, “How in the world can you possible go to every Diamondbacks home game?”  They cannot seem to fathom spending 81 nights a season at Chase Field.  My response is typically to tell them I have petitioned Major League Baseball to length the season but so far the commissioner has not acted upon my request. The thing these people fail to recognize is that it...

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Another Puzzle Piece Discarded

As the Arizona Diamondbacks arrived home for a brief three-game home stand before going back out on the road for a week; the team announced they had traded reliever Jon Rauch to the Minnesota Twins for the ever popular “player to be named later”. This trade comes just two days after Rauch entered the game against the San Francisco Giants and gave up a three-run home run to lose that game.  This has been a trying year for Rauch.  He began the...

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It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

The Arizona Diamondbacks came into San Francisco mired in a 1-8 slide having been swept by the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, and losing two of three to the Houston Astros.  Nothing was going well for the snakes other than the fact that they had won the only game of the road trip just before arriving in town. After a much needed day off, the team received more bad news when slugger Mark Reynolds came down with the flu and would miss...

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The Revolving Roster

The roster for the Arizona Diamondbacks has been a revolving door during the 2009 season.  The team has been decimated by injury and has seen no fewer than six players make their major league debut since Opening Day.  The team made another moved today activating outfielder Justin Upton off the disabled list and sending left-handed pitcher Daniel Schlereth down to Triple-A Reno. Schlereth will most likely only be in Reno for a week and will be...

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Looking Forward to Fall

Regardless of how the rest of the Arizona Diamondbacks season goes, I can at least be content with the knowledge that there will be October baseball in Arizona.  Oh sure I would love to be able to say that October baseball meant the Diamondbacks had made the playoffs but that is just not going to happen this season.  That doesn’t mean that baseball will end with the final pitch on October 4 in Chicago. The Arizona Fall League begins play on...

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Oh How I Love Technology

The Arizona Diamondbacks have an off day today before starting a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.  This means that there is no Diamondbacks baseball on television or at Chase Field.  This is one of those days that occur maybe 20 times a season that drive me absolutely insane. I find myself pacing back and forth flipping through channels of my DirecTV desperately seeking a game, any game.  As hard as it is to believe, I don’t...

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Sick and Tired

Mired in a road trip that has seen the team struggle and a losing streak that has reached seven games the Arizona Diamondbacks received more bad news.  Shortstop Stephen Drew has left the team to be with his wife who is expecting. Third baseman Mark Reynolds was also scratched from the final game of the series with the Houston Astros.  Reynolds has been playing through his sickness but after a third day of having a fever over 100 degrees it...

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