September 3, 2009
To say this road trip has been strange would be like saying Conor Jackson doesn’t feel well. While the statement is accurate it does not even begin to express how weird this trip has been. The funny thing is you cannot just point to one thing as the source of the bizarre nature. It is more of an eclectic collection of weirdness that has made up this trip.
It really began at the conclusion of the home stand at Chase Field when closer Chad Qualls twisted to get out of the way of a batted ball and dislocated his kneecap requiring season ending surgery. The team left for Los Angeles not knowing the extent of Qualls injury and by the time game one started at Dodger Stadium they learned the team no longer had a closer but rather a collection of arms with no closing experience they would rely upon to finish out close games.