Ah the trade deadline. What baseball fan doesn’t look forward to July 31st and the massive wheeling and dealing that goes on throughout baseball. For teams in contention it is a chance to add that one missing piece to reach the post season.
For teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks who have been out of the play-off race since April the trade deadline still offers hope. By giving up on an already hopeless season they have the opportunity to trade some of their players to contenders and in exchange get some needed pieces that will make them a better team in the future.
A couple of years ago the Arizona Diamondbacks introduced Movie Night at Chase Field. With the team out of town on a road trip they opened up Chase Field to season ticket holders and their guests to come down to the stadium and watch a movie on dbTV.
You would think spending 81 nights a year at Chase Field, the last thing you would want to do would be to go to the ballpark for yet another night. But movie night is different and was a huge hit with my family.
The Arizona Diamondbacks had long suggested there would be changes coming as a result of the poor performances over the past two plus seasons. We heard rumors of organizational evaluations being conducted by CEO/President Derrick Hall and General Partner Ken Kendrick.
The first changes to occur happened on July 2nd when General Manager Josh Byrnes and Manager A.J. Hinch were relieved of duty replace on an interim basis by former director of player development Jerry Dipoto and former bench coach Kirk Gibson. To think these were going to be the only changes was naïve at best.
One of the side effects to attending thirteen years of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games is that I have accumulated a lot of stuff from game giveaways and countless trips to the Team Shop. There are T-shirts, hats, lunch boxes, schedule magnets, beanie babies, webkinz, pom poms, pins, and rally towels.
While each of these items was great, there is one stadium giveaway that ranks above all others. I’m talking of course about the bobble heads. I don’t know what it is about a resin likeness of a baseball player with his head bobbing up and down that fascinates me but it does.
As the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their fourth straight home game to the San Francisco Giants, it marked the end of a seven-game home stand. After the game while the fans were being serenaded by The Wiggles, the Diamondbacks held a press conference where they announced the team had traded ace Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
With the baseball trade deadline looming during an upcoming road trip through Philadelphia and New York, it is unclear which if any of these players will be making the return trip to Phoenix to begin the next home stand.
Over the past week the prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks trading staff ace went from being highly unlikely to becoming imminent. A good indication of the likelihood of a trade occurred from a rather unconventional source.
As I entered the Team Shops in Chase Field, several employees welcomed me with news of a new sale they were having. For the remainder of this home stand the Team Shop was offering anyone who purchased either a Dan Haren or Brandon Webb jersey and a T-Shirt with either of these two players’ names imprinted on them would receive a game-used baseball bat from Justin Upton, Mark Reynolds, or all-star Chris Young.
For the better part of this season the Arizona Diamondbacks have been advertising the July 25 game as one you should not miss. Not only was it the final game of a series with the San Francisco Giants but it was also the beginning of the “back to school” games that would go through the better part of August.
Sundays have traditionally been designated as kids’ day at the ballpark by the Diamondbacks. All of the game day giveaways are oriented to children ages 12 and under. This has been somewhat of a sore spot for me in the past.