Fresh from a 6-1 road trip that began in Denver for four games with the Colorado Rockies and finishing with a three game sweep of the Houston Astros deep in the heart of Texas; the Arizona Diamondbacks returned home to Chase Field brimming with confidence and atop the National League Western Division.
At the beginning of the month the Diamondbacks were 6.5 games back and looked to be struggling as they had the previous two seasons. The bullpen while better than an MLB worst in 2010 was still cause for some concern (except for the closer’s spot which was still perfect in save opportunities).
The Major League Baseball season lasts six months but there are 14 days during the season (not counting the All-Star break) that I struggle with when the Arizona Diamondbacks have a day off. Sure there are other teams playing but it’s just not the same. It’s like watching your best friend’s kid sister in a dance recital. You know it’s dancing but you would never compare it to real dancing.
During these rare off-days I try to maintain my sanity by finding other baseball activities that can get me through that seemingly endless 24-hour period when the Diamondbacks are again in action.
Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz entered the game in the ninth inning and shut down the Minnesota Twins offense recording his 12th save, securing a win and series sweep for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
I sat in my seat as the other fans began filtering out of the stadium making a few last moment notes about the game and soaking in the feeling. This home stand began with a loss to the San Diego Padres. At the time no one could have predicted that would be the only loss in seven games.
Even before the season began the date of May 21, 2011 was circled in Sedona Red on my calendar. No, it had nothing to do with the fact that some crazed senior citizen was proclaiming the earth would end that day. No it was circled for a much more important reason.
Saturday May 21 had been identified as All-Star Garden Gnome Night at Chase Field. For 15,000 lucky fans they would have the opportunity to receive a limited edition All-Star Garden Gnome dressed in Arizona Diamondbacks apparel.
Mothers tend to get a lot of recognition for all of the hard work they put in raising a family, recognition they rightfully deserve. Whenever a young ballplayer is interviewed one of the first people they want to say hello to is their mother.
While I can appreciate the love each of us has for our mothers, there are times that I think fathers get a little short changed. I was therefore very excited to hear about a new online contest Major League Baseball is announcing to allow fans to recognize their fathers or father figures in their lives.