March 31, 2010
Earlier this week the Arizona Diamondbacks announced who would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. They have given this honor to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner who recently retired.
Warner has been a fan favorite during his time in Arizona and led them to a Super Bowl in 2009. His departure from football will be greatly felt and for the Diamondbacks to recognize him they should be applauded. While I believe that Warner deserves the honor of throwing out a first pitch, I find myself a little disappointed in the timing of this.
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March 30, 2010
I awoke this morning with a myriad of emotions. Today was the Arizona Diamondbacks final home Spring Training game at Tucson Electric Park. The final Spring Training game is usually a source of joy as it means the exhibition season is winding down and the regular season is about to begin.
This year the final game at Tucson Electric Park truly is the final game there. After 13 years of Spring Training in Tucson, that era in Arizona Diamondbacks history is coming to an end. Next February when pitchers and catchers report they will do so at the new Spring Training complex in northern Scottsdale.
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March 29, 2010
After the 2007 season that saw the Arizona Diamondbacks exceed expectations and reach the National League Championship Series, the team decided to make a blockbuster trade to bring in another front line starter.
General Manager Josh Byrnes would make a trade with the Oakland Athletics that would bring Dan Haren to the desert for several top prospects. The trade was warranted and given the success Haren has had with the Diamondbacks he was worth the price.
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March 28, 2010
On the evening of February 27, 1998 for the first time the Arizona Diamondbacks took the field. It was 32 days before the Inaugural Game at what was then Bank One Ballpark. This was the first Spring Training Game to be held in Tucson Electric Park.
The complex had been built for the Diamondbacks along with the Chicago White Sox and everything was new and exciting. The first game was not a traditional day game as we’ve come to expect from the Cactus League.
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March 27, 2010
Earlier this week I received an email from the Arizona Diamondbacks Season Ticket Holder Services group. In the email they outlined another new benefit for being a Season Ticket Holder. In our Season Ticket Holder package we received a voucher to be redeemed at Chase Field during any home game in April or May.
The voucher is good for a “Fan Loyalty Cup” and can be picked up at the Season Ticket Holders area behind Section 111-112. This cup can be refilled at most Chase Field concession stands for 32 ounces of soda for a reasonable $2 price.
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March 26, 2010
For as long as the Diamondbacks have played at Bank One Ballpark/Chase Field, there have been Team Shops to sell the team’s merchandise. In the early years there were Team Shops not only at the stadium but also around valley malls.
This of course made it easy for fans to pick up team merchandise at a location close to where they live. My wife of course hated the idea since it meant more outlets for me to visit and bring home “yet another piece of Diamondbacks gear”.
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March 25, 2010
At this point in Spring Training the players have settled into their routine. Starting pitchers are stretching themselves out to five to seven innings building arm strength as they make their final push to Opening Day.
This is usually the time when position players try to quickly get their work in and hopefully overcome any bad habits and most importantly avoid injury. The last thing a player or the team wants is to lose someone to injury just over a week before the end of Spring Training.
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March 24, 2010
I was recently approached by Tom Reese from HotStove.com who asked if I would be interested in a series he was doing. Each week he would ask one question to bloggers who cover a team. We would respond with a four or five sentence response. Tom would consolidate all of the answers and post them to his site.
It is an interesting concept and one I have had a lot of fun with over the past few weeks. The questions are usually thought provoking and make you stop to think. This week’s question was a prime example.
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March 23, 2010
Living in the Northern Hemisphere of the planet I tend to take several things for granted. The northern star Polaris, the big dipper, the fact that summer occurs from June through September, and of course the Tropic of Cancer.
I have no idea what the Tropic of Cancer is besides just a line on a globe but I know that nobody from the Southern Hemisphere can claim it as theirs so it must be important. As a card-carrying member of the Northern Hemisphere, I am obligated to say that the shortest day of the year occurs on the Winter Solstice while the longest day of the year occurs on the Summer Solstice.
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