At the conclusion of the final game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Arizona Diamondbacks held a Season Ticket Holder Town Hall meeting in the conference room adjacent to the party suite in the upper deck of Chase Field.
This meeting was open to all season ticket holders who confirmed their attendance earlier in the week. The goal of the meeting was to allow season ticket holders to interact with members of the Diamondbacks management team and ask questions about the team both on and off the field.
Diamondbacks radio personality Greg Schulte was the master of ceremonies and facilitated the meeting. Besides Schulte, Executive Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes and CEO/President Derrick Hall were in attendance.
Season Ticket Holders submitted questions prior to the meeting and then were giving an opportunity to ask follow-up questions to each of the participants. The questions ran the gambit of subjects from game day operations questions to what the team was doing to address the bullpen issues.
Of particular importance was the status of utility infielder Tony Abreu who was injured during the game. It is being reported that Abreu has a sprained left wrist. Listening to the comments by Byrnes it sounds as though this injury is more serious than a simple sprain and he is likely to be on the disabled list for longer than 15-days.
The bullpen question came up on more than one occasion and Byrnes made an interesting comment when he said the second worst problem you can have is a bad bullpen. The worst problem you could have is an expensive bad bullpen.
That comment brought laughs from the crowd but did make me wonder if this philosophy likely means Arizona may never pay their relievers thereby watching closers such as Jose Valverde and others like him walk instead of retaining their services.
Of the non-baseball subjects that came up the two that seemed most important to the fans seemed to deal with when the Diamondbacks would resurface the roof to Chase Field to eliminate the stark white squares that were a result of the removal of the Bank One Ballpark logo when the stadium was rechristened Chase Field.
The other obvious hot button at least for one season ticket holder was the fact that he was hassled every time he tries to get into Chase Field with a broom which he brings whenever the Diamondbacks have an opportunity to sweep an opponent.
Derrick Hall sent messages to security to ask for clarification and the response is that brooms are allowed into the stadium if the handles are solid wood. Hollow handles are construed as a threat since they could be packed with explosives. Hopefully that policy clarification will reach all of the security personnel to minimize the hassle at the turnstiles.
While the Town Hall meeting was going on, the Diamondbacks were holding a Fantasy Camp reunion game on the diamond at Chase Field. This is yet another reason why Attend an Arizona Diamondbacks Fantasy Camp is at the top of by personal ”Bucket List”.
I stood and watched a couple of innings of the reunion game. Clearly these players were having the time of their lives. For many this is a once in a lifetime event to play in a Major League Baseball stadium.