For as long as I can remember I have been petitioning for this day to be a holiday. I mean if we can celebrate the weather prognosticating of a rodent or commemorate a guy who leaves Spain in a boat and gets lost on the way to China then just about anything can be called a holiday.
But I’m not asking for something silly like a baby with wings armed with a bow and arrow. No I’m talking about something truly deserving of a day off. I’m talking of course about MLB Opening Day.
While the fans may have been dormant during the off-season the Arizona Diamondbacks were far from idle. A lot of the hard work the team put in is on the diamond with multiple changes made to a roster that has finished in the cellar of the National League West for two straight years.
It was not just the on-field product that has gone through a facelift. With Arizona scheduled to host the 2011 All-Star game at Chase Field the team has been busy modifying and upgrading parts of the facility to make it state of the art.
September 26, 2010 seems so very long ago. The Arizona Diamondbacks were finishing up their final home stand and not even with a win over their divisional rivals could ease the pain of knowing this was the last time I would be watching baseball at Chase Field until next March.
It sounded so final, “next March” like it was some distant relative that you never saw and weren’t quite sure you would ever see again. Oh sure there was still baseball to be played but it would be in what may as well have been a foreign country.
It seems like only yesterday I was counting down the minutes until the gates would open at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Now looking at the calendar it is the Diamondbacks final game of their inaugural season at the new stadium.
The complex opened to rave reviews and a sold out crowd. Each game at Salt River Fields saw some of the largest crowds in the Cactus League. While other teams were seeing a slight reduction in attendance the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks played to a full house.