2001 Regular Season

Party on the Plaza

At times it appeared this season would never end. After losing a week of the regular season as the country mourned at the loss of life in New York City and Washington D.C., baseball’s postponed regular season was now over. The Diamondbacks ended the season in Milwaukee on a sour note as the rookies and bench players let the game get out of hand in route to a 15-5 loss. One bright spot in the loss was the play of Luis Gonzalez who hit his...

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I Gotta Get One of Those

With the Arizona Diamondbacks now confirmed as the National League Western Division champion, there was only one thing left to do, go shopping. After all, what diehard fan would dare be caught without their official Division Championship T-Shirt? Grabbing my wallet, my keys and my Diamondbacks hat I kissed my wife good-bye and ran out the door before she had a chance to question where I was going. After all, there is nothing worse than trying...

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An Historic Night

With the Diamondbacks now playing the final three games of the regular season in Milwaukee rather than Bank One Ballpark, I find myself restless not having a game to attend. This is the first season in the Diamondbacks existence that they have not ended the season at home. I am not quite sure what to do with myself although Trina doesn’t seem to have any trouble finding things for me to do. Even though the Diamondbacks magic number was 2...

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Reflections in Time

There are things that are unique to our national pastime that are near and dear to my heart. The aroma of a hot dog as it has been roasting since Opening Day, the smell of fresh cut grass on an immaculate playing field, the sounds of an organ playing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. But the thing that most epitomizes baseball to me is an afternoon game played in the sun. Before the tragedy of September 11th, today’s game was scheduled as an...

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An Unexpected Gift

My daughter Tiffany is an autograph magnet. During spring training, I bought her a baseball so that she could try to get some autographs. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. That kid was relentless in trying to have the entire team autograph her ball. During the season, she could be found lining the wall in left field or by the bullpen as she scoped out the players to see who was not yet immortalized on the ball. For the most...

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A New Perspective

The Diamondbacks are beginning the final three regular season games. These are the make up games from when Major League Baseball postponed the season in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. I of course was excited to get three more games in this season and regardless of whether the Diamondbacks made the play-offs I could at least say I saw October baseball at Bank One Ballpark. As game time approached, I put my...

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There Are No Off Days

Ah, autumn is definitely in the air. This has a whole different meaning in Arizona than in other parts of the country. To us, it means that eggs will no longer fry on the pavement. Now our cooking must all be done on top of an engine block rather than the driveway. October means more though than just a difference in culinary tools. It means that the baseball play-offs are here. Well, it usually means that but because of the tragedy of September...

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