The series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers had several story lines associated with it and most of them had nothing to do with the game itself. As I stood outside the gates to Chase Field waiting for them to open I couldn’t help but wonder how this series had become more of a soap opera than a baseball game.

Tonight was to be the beginning of the All-American Weekend where the Diamondbacks would celebrate the Independence Day holiday and the official pinnacle of summer. Usually there are fireworks after each Friday game but the fireworks display have been moved to Saturday to coincide with the holiday.

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