Giving Thanks

One of the great things about Thanksgiving is it gives everyone an opportunity to step back and survey their life and express their gratitude for all the things they have been given. For me it is a time for reflection.

During the endless of preparations for an overindulgent feast I have plenty of time to think. After all, what else is there to do while you are peeling mountains of potatoes while waiting for the little plastic plunger on the turkey to pop up signifying dinner time?

This has truly been an eventful year and I would be remiss if I did not publicly give thanks to everyone who has made this a wonderful year.

As 2009 began I found myself in a horrible position with mounting medical bills and two daughters in college. After much soul searching my wife and I concluded that we would be unable to afford Diamondbacks season tickets.

Given my dedication to baseball this was gut wrenching. I still remember that day when I had to notify the Diamondbacks that we would not be able to renew our tickets. It was one of the darkest days of my life.

Shortly afterwords I learned a valuable lesson; for every trial that you must endure in this life there is an equal or greater amount of joy waiting for you. In my case that joy manifest itself with an email from Arizona Diamondbacks CEO/President Derrick Hall.

The email thanked me for being such a dedicated fan and extended a Diamondbacks Scholarship. For those unfamiliar with this program, the Diamondbacks award several scholarships each season where the team picks up the tab on season tickets for fans unable to otherwise afford to get tickets.

It was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had. I can never fully express my gratitude to Mr. Hall or the Diamondbacks for creating such a program. Were it not for their generosity I would have never been able to experience the Diamondbacks this season.

I am also grateful to the Season Ticket Services staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks. To Luis Calderon; who put up with my endless questions and requests during the season. No matter how strange or unusual Luis always came through.

And to Mandi Howard who had to deal with my mental unstableness during seat relocation and beyond. She definitely has been a calming force. She has even kept me out of the dog house with my family making sure I had tickets for my kids when I otherwise would have forgotten.

To Dustin Payne, thanks for the experience of a lifetime changing the bases. And to Ryan Ginsberg for helping me that night; I couldn’t have done it without you.

To all of the guest relations, ushers, concessionaires, and to the best fans in baseball I thank you for all the fun every night at the ballpark.

Looking back over 2009 I have so many memories that were made possible by hard work and dedication of the Arizona Diamondbacks employees and fans.

Even though the team may not have been as successful as any of us would have liked I would not change anything from this year. It was definitely one of the best years of my life.


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