2001 Off Season

Ballyard Talk

Each year before Spring Training begins, the Arizona Diamondbacks hold a Ballyard Chat with several of the players and coaches. This year, it was held today at Linkrugel’s Ballyard Brewery at Bank One Ballpark. There was Randy Johnson along with Bob Brenly and Joe Garagiola Junior. They talked for nearly an hour about the state of the game, what they were looking forward to, what holes they felt were still in the roster and how they...

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Glued and Tattooed

For the most part, Trina is a stay at home mother taking care of the children. It has worked out quite nicely as the kids have gotten to know their mother quite well and formed a special bond. Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to women in the work place, I merely feel that if possible, a mother is needed at home to help with the fostering of young minds and preparing them for what lies ahead in their lives. There are times, like every...

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Arbitration, That Goofy Game for Dopey Lawyers

Well, after the long dark winter off-season, it is time for the long dark pre-spring training ritual of arbitration hearings. As nearly everyone knows, I am not much of an arbitration fan. It seems counter-productive for a player to sit down with an owner and air their grievances towards each other in hopes of gouging the other party with regards to salary. The team representative will come into the meeting wanting everyone to know how poorly...

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Who’s In the Dog House

It is funny how a song will strike a nerve in society and suddenly become almost a national anthem. Each year, literally thousands of new songs are introduced to the general public but only a few ever make it to the charts and even fewer of them become number one hits. But it is an even rarer phenomenon is when a song crosses over the boundaries from music to sports. For example, when Queen brought out We Will Rock You, no one could have...

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Hurling Through the Dakotas

“MOM!” Dakota screamed from the doorway of his bedroom. With that, Trina and I came straight out of the bed. It didn’t matter that it was 2:15 in the morning or that I had only been in bed for an hour. I was wide awake with Dakota’s yell. As we hit the floor as a result of his scream we were able to see his outline as he threw up all over the floor. There is something strange about a small child when they are sick. He...

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XFL and Other White Trash

Well, tonight was opening night for the new XFL season. For those of you unaware, the XFL is a partnership between NBC and the WWF. I was not quite sure what to expect but since I am playing in an XFL Fantasy League, I felt it was my duty as an owner to at least support my players and watch a game. Granted, I am not much of a football fan and that is a good thing since what I was watching did not seem to resemble anything like football....

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It’s Groundhog Day!

There are times when the simple things in life mean the most to us. Take today for example. Instead of rushing around in the rat race worrying about stock prices and how the economy is doing, I am content watching the proceedings in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania. Only in America would thousands of people travel to a quaint little town in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the dead of winter to see if a large furry rodent can predict the weather. I have...

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And the Countdown Begins…

Finally, the longest month of the year is over. As I have said before, I am not much of a January fan. Oh sure, it starts out well enough. You can’t complain when you get the first day of the month off as a holiday but the rest of the month just seems to drag on as we have to wade through one boring winter day after another. Sure, it is broken up by the announcement of the Hall of Fame inductees but even that excitement cannot be expected...

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They’re Mine, They’re All Mine!

This day has been a long time in coming. For me, I was eagerly awaiting its arrival. For Trina, it was a day to dread. This is a red letter day and a highlight to the year so far. I am of course talking about the day that Season Ticket final payments are due. Sure, it means I have to shell out my hard earned cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks to pay for the upcoming season. But that is just looking at the pessimistic side of things. I like to...

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