State of the Home Stand Address – July 19 – 25

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.

Rather than dwell on the unknown, let’s talk about the past home stand. It is time once again for another edition of the State of the Home Stand Address where I try to give a brief synopsis of the just concluded home stand. As always let’s begin with a disclaimer, the viewpoints expressed here are my own personal opinions and do not reflect the views of 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 the blog may be closer than they appear. Your mileage may vary. Well that should protect us from any legal challenges that may arise.

This home stand consisted of three games against the New York Mets followed by a four game series against the San Francisco Giants. This was the first home games since the All-Star break and the Diamondbacks limped into them having just been swept in San Diego.

The Mets were on one of their longer road trips and they too came into the series struggling. The Diamondbacks took advantage and put together three games where they began to look like the team that made it to the National League Championship Series in 2007.

The Diamondbacks took all three games from the hapless Mets for their first three-game sweep in nearly a year. The team had very little time to celebrate before they met the San Francisco Giants who reminded Arizona that they are closer to the team in 2004 that lost 111 games than the 2007 playoff-bound Diamondbacks.

The four games against the Giants were marred by poor defense, lack of timely hitting, and just all-around bad baseball. The Diamondbacks looked as though they had no energy which in turn resulted in the crowd being less than enthusiastic.

Attendance continues to suffer which is an indication that Phoenix is far removed from being in contention to be named a “baseball city”. The fans continue to be fair-weathered waiting for a winning product before jumping on the bandwagon.

The final two games of the Giants series saw a jump in attendance but that may have been because of the replica jerseys announced as a giveaway on Saturday and The Wiggles performing on Sunday.

With respect to the stadium, there was another new sign in left field this one was another for Budweiser. Sponsorship remains the same, just a new sign replacing the old. This one offers a web site to vote for the bud band, whatever that is.

There is relatively nothing new to report from a concession perspective. The Diamondbacks are actively collecting feedback on concession experience. We were asked twice to answer survey questions regarding the food being offered at Chase Field. As you would expect, Hungry Hill and Fat Burger garnered the most votes while the Levy restaurants especially Ribbies ended up at the bottom from a quality and value perspective.

During this home stand our daughter was visiting. This gave me an opportunity to introduce my granddaughter to the game of baseball. Since she is still nursing, mother and daughter could not be separated for too long.

As we surveyed the stadium for places to nurse, we found Chase Field to be lacking in providing a mother’s lounge. In a pinch we used the family bathrooms which worked surprisingly well except for the fact that there are only two family bathrooms on the main concourse one of which was used for half an hour by a man and woman with no children. I don’t even want to know what that was about.

It was not until my daughter went to a game that I began to notice how many people there were in the stands with small children making me think that we could not have been the first family looking for such facilities. I have no idea what the Diamondbacks could do to support this but it may warrant some discussion given the Diamondbacks desire to be family-friendly.

Overall the Diamondbacks finished the home stand with a 3-4 record, not exactly what the fans had in mind. After a six-game road trip the Diamondbacks return to Chase Field where they will play host to the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.

These should be good games and I recommend coming out to the game. Saturday August 7 is a special game where the Diamondbacks will retire the number of Luis Gonzalez in a pregame ceremony. I hope to see you at the ball park.


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