Usually I am not a big fan of mascots at baseball games. In most cases they are an annoyance and add little or no value to the baseball experience. Sure there are exceptions such as the Philly Phanic or the San Diego Chicken (I am dating myself with that one) but most are just a pain to deal with (I,e., Digger the Dinosaur and Billy the Marlin)
So in 1999 when the Arizona Diamondbacks announced they would be unveiling a new mascot I just cringed at the thought of someone in a giant snake costume or something equally crazy. Instead the team introduced D. Baxter the Bobcat.
For the first time in the history of the Major League Baseball amateur draft, a team has two picks in the top ten. That team is the Arizona Diamondbacks who will be selecting players with the third pick and also with the seventh pick.
This came about as a result of the Diamondbacks being unable to sign their first round pick Barret Loux last season when the team learned he had shoulder issues after they drafted him. Add this pick to the number three pick Arizona has from their poor season last year and the Diamondbacks find themselves in a very enviable position.
The old baseball adage that you can never have enough pitching is more than a tired cliché, every team in Major League Baseball at one time or another wishes they could find pitching help that would make a difference to their team.
During his monthly chat with the fans, Arizona Diamondbacks CEO/President Derrick Hall was asked what the team is doing to support manager Kirk Gibson to field a competitive team. Hall stated that Kevin Towers was actively looking for players who he felt could make a difference and allow the Diamondbacks to continue to battle for the NL West lead.
June 2, 2010 the baseball world was focused on Comerica Park in Detroit. The Detroit Tigers were hosting the Cleveland Indians. On the surface it looked like any other game on the baseball schedule; two teams struggling to find a winning combination that would lift them in the standings.
For the Indians they had their ace Fausto Carmona on the mound and felt they had a clear advantage over the Tigers who sent Armando Galarraga to the mound. Galarraga was a spot starter with a record of 1-1. He was a young promising pitcher who was slightly erratic with his pitches.
Through the first part of May the Arizona Diamondbacks that looked destined to deliver a third consecutive sub-par season that would end in the cellar of the National League Western Division. The team exhibited brief moments of excellent play hampered by inconsistency.
The low point occurred during a road trip through San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles where the Diamondbacks dropped two games to the Padres, were swept by the Giants and lost the first game to the Dodgers. Watching those games for very long resulted in a queasy stomach and a case of vertigo.