Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, there are no words that can describe the excitement and the anxiety of this day. In Spring Training we eagerly look at our favorite teams trying to discern if this is going to be the magical year that gets us to the post season. We look at each young prospect and rave about how great they look. Never do we consider that perhaps they are looking that great because these games don’t mean anything. Despite this oversight, many of the fans that flock to Florida and Arizona each February and March get attached to the young kids eager to make a name for themselves.

I’m as guilty as the next fan. I will carefully assess each hitter’s swing and each pitcher’s motion making up my mind whether we will see this rookie on the big league club this season or if there are a few more years before the make their Major League debut. Along the way you kind of get attached to these minor league players and root for them to be successful.


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The non-waiver trade deadline of July 31st is now just a week away. This is the time of year that the rumor mills begin to work overtime as those in the know and those who think they are in the know all begin throwing names out attached to just about every team within a 3 game radius of a play-off spot. This year the Arizona Diamondbacks fit into that blast zone and the media types are going crazy offering suggestions of what the team needs and what they will give up in return. The problem with all of this is that no one is exactly sure what the needs priority is for this team.


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Baseball and curses go together like peanuts and Cracker Jacks. You don’t have to look much further than the Diamondbacks current opponent the Chicago Cubs to realize how bad a curse can go. A lot of people will mock the idea of a curse but ask any Cubs fan who has seen a span of 68 years since their team was in the World Series all because an usher removed a guy with a stinky goat from his Wrigley Field seats.

I would like to think I am a rational and educated individual. I went to college and once worked on an engineering team of rocket scientists so I know scientifically there is no basis for a curse. But I have been connected with the game of baseball long enough to know that strange things occur in this game that defy rationalization.

You would think that a franchise as young as the Arizona Diamondbacks would not have had enough history to have developed a curse and I would likely believe you but lately I have begun to second guess that assessment. I’m not officially suggesting that I am a fan of a cursed team but I’m starting to believe; just a little.


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Baseball can be many things to many people. For some it is a way to fill the time during a long summer, a way to mark the days going from spring to fall. For others it is a job where they get paid for playing a children’s game. And for a select few, it is the most important thing in their lives.

For the longest time I thought I fell within that last category. I lived and breathed each and every pitch from the moment that pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training until that final out was recorded in the World Series. There was not a moment that went by that I didn’t think and dream about baseball. Some would say it was an obsession; to me it was a love affair.


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Whenever I meet someone new the subject of baseball always seems to come up. This might be because every piece of clothing that I own seems to have an Arizona Diamondbacks logo on it somewhere. Their first question is, “So you are a Diamondbacks fan?” If my wife or one of my kids are with me that usually results in laughter so hard that milk comes out their noses.

The second question is normally, “How many games do you go to?” That’s an odd question but what is even odder is after I reply, “Oh around 81 a year” these people look dumbfounded. They typically reiterate my answer; “You go to 81 games every year?” The tone in their voice is as if I just uttered he-who-should-not-be-named (Pete Rose). Well yeah I go to 81 games a season. I’d go to more but that’s all the home games they have and my wife seems to think travelling to see more baseball is insane. The conversation then turns to how I could possibly watch that much baseball and why would I?


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Prior to the final game of the home stand, the crowd gathered outside Chase Field waiting for the gates to open. At the far end of the stadium is a stage adjacent to the new Game Seven Grill. Normally this stage has a band or some sort of musical accompaniment to get the crowd excited. Today though the stage held a much greater purpose.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have long been active in the community raising money for various groups around the valley. Each year the list of individuals and groups who have been helped by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation continues to grow. This philanthropic arm is one of the reasons many of us are proud to say we are Diamondbacks fans.


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The thing about baseball is you never quite know what you are going to get. One day you might go to the ballpark and see your best pitcher clobbered in the first inning and the offense comes alive and comes from behind in a slugfest. Another day you might go to a game and expect to see lots of offense and instead be treated to a scoreless pitcher’s duel where one mistake decides the contest. And sometimes you go to the ballpark and the surprises you get have nothing to do with the game on the field.

In the past 16 years of going to nearly every Arizona Diamondbacks home game I’ve learned one thing. When I think I have seen it all is when I realize that I haven’t even scratched the surface of what might happen at the ballpark.


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