Prior to yesterday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Major League Baseball held a press conference around home plate at Chase Field. The subject was the 82nd All-Star game that is scheduled for July 12th in Phoenix.


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For the past several years I have begged, pleaded, and generally made a nuisance of myself to the Arizona Diamondbacks asking them to please install Wi-Fi at Chase Field. With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and other devices it seemed natural to have network access from my stadium seat.

My desire was two-fold. First it would allow me to access the Internet and look up some obscure statistic to settle an argument between two fans. Second, it would allow me to log in and respond to email and other work-related applications so that I could still be at a Diamondbacks game when I should be working. (That last part is secret so please don’t tell my boss, he thinks I am at the office 24-hours a day.)


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When the Arizona Diamondbacks began play in March 1998 they implemented a policy that the gates to then Bank One Ballpark would be open to fans two hours prior to first pitch. This allowed fans entry into the stadium to watch the Diamondbacks take batting practice followed by the opposing team.

This policy has been augmented through the years for Season Ticket Holders. Over the past few seasons the Diamondbacks offered their Season Ticket Holders entry into the stadium 30 minutes before the general public could gain entrance on Friday and Saturday games.


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As a father of five children, I have sat through more than my fair share of Dora the Explorer episodes and before you scratch your head wondering how a children’s television program is related to baseball and in particular the Arizona Diamondbacks let’s not forget that former Diamondbacks second baseman Matt Kata had a brother who played Boots the Monkey in the live action Dora the Explorer show that toured the country. (Yeah I know, the fact that I know that scares me too). Today is not about reminiscing over former players or arguing who had the better career Matt as a major league baseball player or his brother who played a monkey.


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“Please keep your arms and legs inside the car at all time”, after the first eleven games of the 2011 Major League Baseball season I’ve come to the conclusion that the Arizona Diamondbacks should have printed this on the back of their tickets.

The finale against the St. Louis Cardinals was more like a turn on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride than it was a baseball game. For the third straight night the game ended in a blowout.


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