2002 Off Season

Where’s My Invitation?

With only five weeks until pitchers and catchers arrive in Tucson Arizona for the beginning of Spring Training, it is time to start sending invitations to those players who are not currently on the Arizona Diamondbacks roster. Today those invitations went out to several players but one name was mysteriously omitted, mine. Oh sure, I am old but then so is most of the Diamondbacks roster. I mean there are people currently playing that are older...

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The Countdown Begins

It has been a banner week for getting mail at our house. Normally we get things such as bills, requests for us to further our collection of credit cards, advertisements for weight loss and carpet cleaning (sometimes by the same company. I am guessing the program has something to do with me cleaning the carpets myself.) This week though, it was a little different. In addition to all that other stuff I had received my Salt Lake City Olympic...

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Feels Like Spring

In many parts of the country, people are surrounded by snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. For many years, I was one of those people. I would get up every morning, dress in every piece of clothing I owned, and trudge out into the darkness with my snow shovel in hand trying to stay warm while flinging snow from my driveway across the lawn. Cars would have to be plugged in to warm the engine block during the night or else the car would not...

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Return of the Wizard

Around the second Tuesday in January, baseball again seems to rise to the top of the national sports consciousness. This is of course the day that the Baseball Hall of Fame announces their newest elected members. This of course is also the time I make my annual case for why all-around nice guy and two-time Most Valuable Player Dale Murphy should be elected. This is usually followed by my annual tirade directed towards the Baseball Writers of...

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I Got a Silver Ticket

As I arrived home from work, I was greeted at the door by the Federal Express man. This is not a normal occurrence for me so to see him at my house was just a little strange. In his hand was an envelope that I had to sign for. Looking at the outside of the envelope, the return address listed Utah. I felt around the envelope to try and understand what was inside. It felt fairly large and not real flexible. I took the package to my desk and tore...

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Have Schedule Will Travel

Having been preoccupied over the last several days, I had not gotten a chance to look around on-line or in the newspaper to see what had been going on. By “what has been going on”, I was of course referring to the Arizona Diamondbacks. As far as I know, the newspaper has only one section (sports) and the Internet is made up completely of baseball related web sites. Well, today I decided that I really needed to check things out a...

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Da Plane! Da Plane!

It is hard to believe how quickly time goes by. I really need to check my watch. I am not positive but I think that as I get older, my watch runs faster. That is the only explanation I have for why time goes so quickly. But I have also noticed that my watch is subjective about when time goes faster and when it should slow down. For example, ever since November 4th at 9:05 PM, time has pretty much stood still. At that moment, the last out was...

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Gotta Love a Short Week

It is interesting to see how a holiday adjusts a guy’s outlook. Take this week for example. It started off with New Year’s Eve on Monday. Everyone was busy getting ready for their parties to give a big farewell to the year 2001. The majority of people spent the evening into the early morning of the next day celebrating the turning of another calendar page. Tuesday of course was New Years Day which meant tons of college football and...

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De-Decorating

De-Decorating

One of the worst parts of the holiday season is when it is all over and you have to take all of the decorations down. For weeks Trina drug me around the house arranging each decoration to put our house in the appropriate festive mood. I had to endure her wrath when she returned home and found I had topped our Christmas tree with an Arizona Diamondbacks hat. I am still confused as to why this bothered her so much. After all, it was a World...

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