State of the Home Stand Address – May 7 – 12

It almost seemed fitting when Jonathan Broxton struck out Stephen Drew on a called third strike. It marked an end to a six game home stand where the Diamondbacks went 0-6 to drop to 14-21 on the season 8.5 games behind the San Diego Padres in the National League West.

As the team left for a five game road trip to Atlanta and Florida it is time once again for another installment of my the ”State of Home Stand Address” where I chronicle the six game home stand that just concluded at Chase Field.

As always let me preface this with my standard disclaimer. The viewpoints expressed here are my own personal opinions and do not reflect the views of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball, or any sane human being.

Any coherent thoughts either real or fictional are purely coincidental and are not meant to be taken internally. Should this happen please induce vomiting and immediately contact your doctor. Objects appearing in this article may be closer than they appear. Your mileage may vary.

This home stand began with a three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Diamondbacks had come off a relatively successful road trip where they went 6-4. They were one game below .500 and the schedule suggested this would be a set the Diamondbacks should win to move up the National League West standings.

It just goes to show that you should never listen to a baseball schedule. The Diamondbacks dropped all three games against the Brewers. The offense which had been out in force during the four game series in Houston completely disappeared with the Diamondbacks being outscored 26-6 in three games.

I would love to find something positive to bring out about these three games but about the only thing I could come up with was that the Diamondbacks uniforms looked nice.

After being brow beaten by the Brewers the Diamondbacks hosted the divisional rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately the results were similar in these three games with the Diamondbacks dropping all three by a combined 26-9. Well at least Arizona scored three more runs against the dismal Dodgers pitching than they did against the horrible Brewers pitching.

The Diamondbacks bullpen continued their season-long struggles giving up home run after home run and allowing just about every inherited runner to score at will. The fans at Chase Field have begun to lose patience with the team showering the home team with boos whenever anything went wrong in an inning.

Attendance, which is normally quite good for a Dodgers series, was especially low with just over 20,000 fans average per game. Of those in attendance most seemed to be sporting Dodger blue rather than Sedona Red.

During the first game of the Brewers series the fans were greeted by a new sign on the left field wall. The blue and white Dial soap sign takes the place of what used to be the 2011 All-Star game sign.

With all of the immigration law protests marking the Diamondbacks road trip and rumors of Major League Baseball possibly moving the 2011 All-Star game, seeing this sign gone led to many questions.

I quickly sent an email to Diamondbacks CEO/President Derrick Hall to ask whether the sign change had anything to do with the All-Star game. I was assured it was coincidental and was related more to a new sponsorship with Dial than a statement of concern over immigration.

Hall must have fielded several of these calls and issued a statement to the Arizona Republic trying to calm the fans fears. Republic correspondent Nick Piecoro reported, “Hall said he received several e-mails from panicking fans assuming the worst, but he said there’s no reason to worry.”

I’m not sure I would classify my email as a panicking fan but I did think the timing of the sign changed warranted an inquiry. It should be noted that although the All-Star game sign has been removed from the left field wall, there are still signs on the main concourse for the 2011 game including a new one above the walkway near Section 141.

Overall the six-game home stand was brutal with the Diamondbacks going winless. After a much needed day off and a brief cross country five-game road trip the Diamondbacks will return to Chase Field for a two-game series with the San Francisco Giants.

In a strange scheduling quirk this two-game set with the Giants marks the first games between these divisional foes this season. After the Giants, the Diamondbacks will begin the 2010 Interleague part of the season hosting the up-and-coming Toronto Blue Jays for three games.

The Blue Jays series includes the long awaited lawn gnome stadium giveaway on May 22. So mark your calendars and get your tickets. This is a home stand you are not going to want to miss.
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