It feels like some sort of alternative universe where up is down, down is sideways, and everyone believes in the Designated Hitter. Is this Hell? No but it is a reasonable facsimile for a town this side. After celebrating Opening Day and a home game that was played 7,792 miles away followed by a second regular season game that was played on the same day but not really the same day because half a world away it was a different day, the Diamondbacks boarded a plane and arrived home 3 hours before they left. No seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
The Diamondbacks then had two days off or three days off if you are still in Australia without a watch or a calendar. Now today they have a game against the Chicago Cubs. Not a regular season game, a Spring Training game.
It’s easy to sum it up when you’re just talking about a Spring Training game. We’re sitting in here, and we’re supposed to be the franchise’s fans, and we in here talking about a Spring Training game. I mean, listen, we’re talking about a Spring Training game, not a regular season game, not a regular season game, we’re talking about a Spring Training game. Not, not, not the regular season where we go out there and die for and play every game like it’s our last. Not a regular season game, but we’re talking about a Spring Training game man. I mean, how silly is that? And we talking about Spring Training. I know we supposed to be here. I know we’re supposed to lead by example… I know that… And I’m not… I’m not shoving it aside, you know, like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I do. I honestly do… But we’re talking about Spring Training man. What are we talking about? Spring Training? We’re talking about a Spring Training game, man.
It’s really hard to get excited about four seemingly meaningless games after the season has already started and the Diamondbacks are already two games worse than the team they are playing in this Spring Training game. I think I finally get what Allen Iverson was talking about. I still don’t understand him but I get what he was talking about.
So here we are back at Salt River Fields basking in the Arizona sunshine watching an obviously jet lagged team trying to get their bearings and understand what went wrong in Australia and if they have what it takes to overcome this two-game deficit they start off in.
The good news it’s the Cubs. So if you are going to play against a team when you are jet lagged, this is probably not a bad choice. The Diamondbacks played well and the bats seemed to jump to life completely destroying Chicago.
Hmmm, maybe the Diamondbacks should fly halfway around the world before every series if it means they are going to score bushels of runs and trounce the opposition. If only this was the game that counted.