An off day in the middle of a home stand is a phrase that normally brings shivers up and down your spine. Off days at the beginning or end of a road trip are a little bit easier to swallow. At the beginning you have said your good-byes to the team and have come to grips with the fact that you won’t see your loved ones for a while. Likewise an off day at the end of a road trip while bad is not as painful since you haven’t seen your team for a while and besides you’re excited because the next day is the beginning of a home stand. It’s when the off day occurs at home that is so troubling. You go to a couple of games then BAM! No baseball for a day then you have another three days. Perhaps the most accurate visual I can come up with is that you feel like the bird that thought it would be a good idea to fly between the mound and home plate during a Spring Training game when Randy Johnson was pitching. Yeah, I’m talking about that one.

As if having no baseball was not bad enough, my wife decided that a doctor’s appointment would be the perfect replacement for a day at the ballpark. It’s not that I hate going to the doctor, well it’s not like I hate going to the doctor as much as I hate going to the dentist, it’s just that I wouldn’t put a doctor’s visit even in the same book as going to a ballgame let alone as a good replacement. But given that there was not a baseball game I didn’t really have a choice.

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