October 31, 2009
Each year as Halloween approaches we get out the box of decorations to make the house seem more festive. The kids look forward to this as it means Halloween is approaching and soon they will have baskets full of candy that they will hoard and ration until nearly Christmas.
While we are hanging ghosts, cobwebs, and fake spiders conversation naturally turns to past years and the memories they have of dressing up and going trick-or-treating. After a few stories the conversations always gravitate to their most memorable Halloween.
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October 30, 2009
It has now been two days since my Select-A-Seat experience. It still feels like a dream. I keep going to my desk and retrieving the card the Diamondbacks gave me with my new seat location.
After looking at the card I’ll pull up the map of Chase Field and recount my steps of how I will get to the seats for each game of the 2010 season. My family has long since begun tuning me out ignoring me reviewing each step and how I was able to score the number one choice on my seat relocation form.
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October 29, 2009
When the Chicago Cubs signed outfielder Milton Bradley before the 2009 season I found myself scratching my head wondering what exactly the boys on the northside of Chicago were thinking. While Bradley is a decent outfielder with plenty of pop in his bat he brings enough baggage to outfit the whole team in new luggage.
Bradley is one of those players who has a tremendous amount of talent but is such a head case that every team he has played for has welcomed the opportunity to cut him loose. Diamondbacks fans have seen Bradley up-close during his stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
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October 28, 2009
As the alarm clock went off I rolled over noting that the time had changed exactly one minute since the last time that I looked at it and two minutes since I looked at it the time before last. In reality I hadn’t slept more than 20 minutes in the last three nights.
Ever since the nightmare where I dreamt I had missed my appointment for Select-A-Seat, I have found sleep the farthest thing from my mind. I wasn’t exactly sure how I would survive until two o’clock today when I had my appointment to choose my seat for the 2010 Diamondbacks season. For some reason, the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities seemed quite appropriate.
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October 27, 2009
When the fans and media talk about the Arizona Diamondbacks 2009 season they typically point to the loss of Brandon Webb on Opening Day as the key reason why the team went from being a contender to a pretender.
While losing your staff ace is never a recipe for success, losing a single player should not result in a team completely collapsing like the Diamondbacks did this season. Looking back it was a combination of events that led to the downfall.
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October 26, 2009
Recently the Arizona Diamondbacks announced yet another contest on their web site. With Halloween soon approaching, the team is holding a pumpkin carving contest. Fans are being asked to create a D-Backs themed pumpkin.
Once carved simply take a photo of your Diamondbacks pumpkin and send it to the team. The deadline of the contest is a minute before midnight this Wednesday October 28, 2009. The winning entry will be featured on the Diamondbacks web site and the winning sculptor will receive an autographed Brandon Webb jersey.
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October 25, 2009
The Major League Baseball play-offs seem like they have lasted forever this year. I’m sure a lot of that is a result of the Diamondbacks being out of the post season picture since May. It also doesn’t help when the Red Sox and the Yankees were both in meaning we have to listen to their self-righteous fans belittle all the other fans in baseball as backwards hicks.
Finally the American League Championship Series ended with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim imploding much like they did this whole series to give the New York Yankees their 40th pennant in franchise history.
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October 24, 2009
It has now been 24 days since I completed my Seat Relocation forms to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It has been 12 days since I received an email from the team notifying me of my “Select-A-Seat” appointment time. It is four days, one hour, and ten minutes until my appointment.
My living room carpet is beginning to look a lot like the path between home plate and the pitcher’s mound at Chase Field. I find myself continually going from my computer across the room to the calendar to the telephone to the mailbox. I’m not exactly sure why, I am pretty confident that I am not going to hear from the Diamondbacks again until my appointment but I just need to make sure.
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October 23, 2009
Sometimes the best laid plans seem to unravel at the worst times. This could have been the theme for the Arizona Diamondbacks 2009 season. From Opening Day when staff ace Brandon Webb was injured to the final out of a 70-92 season nothing seemed to work out.
Going into the off-season there have been a lot of questions about what the Diamondbacks are going to do with their roster. With the departure of Jon Garland in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the pending free agency of Doug Davis there are perhaps more questions about the starting rotation than at any other time in franchise history.
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