After last night’s game the Arizona Diamondbacks began packing up for their first road trip of the 2008 season. Tomorrow is Opening Day for the snakes as they visit Cincinnati Ohio to face the Reds in a three game series. For months I have tried to find a reason to go to Cincinnati so that I could just happen to attend a baseball game too. But oddly enough I could find absolutely nothing that I could justify going to that city for. That’s not necessarily a slam on Cincinnati Ohio, I am sure it is a very nice place. It’s just that other than baseball I can’t find anything to do in that town. And since Trina seems to believe that 81 regular season games and 2 Spring Training games at Chase Field is quite enough baseball that means I’ll be sitting out this road trip. That means I am going to need to find another way to follow the Diamondbacks at least for the first six games of the season.


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Yesterday was an emotional rollercoaster ride at Chase Field. While exciting to finally be back “home” enjoying my first game in Section 112 it was also filled with disappointment and in some cases fear as news continued to come out about Doug Davis and his impending battle with thyroid cancer. But while there seemed to be a darkening cloud on the horizon of last night’s game today seemed quite the opposite. That doesn’t mean there were not a few challenges. For example, today in downtown Phoenix not only are the Diamondbacks playing at Chase Field but there is also a home show across the street at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. That alone would not cause a problem with traffic but there was one other small event going on. At US Airways center the NCAA was holding an Elite 8 basketball game to determine who would be going to the Final 4. The game featured the UCLA Bruins versus the Xavier Bulldogs.


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Today is a day I have been looking forward to for a very long time. After what seemed like forever there is once again baseball at Chase Field. Today marks the first of two Spring Training games that will be held at Chase. These are usually a lot of fun and give the fans and the team an opportunity to a tune up to get ready for when baseball counts and the regular season begins. With the gates beginning to open you would think this would be the perfect day but that is not necessarily the case. When I was a kid my brother and I used to play this game called Good News and Bad News. It went sort of like this. “Hey, I got good news. You don’t have to go to school today!” My brother would reply, “Wow that really is good news!” Then I would respond with something like, “Yeah but I have some bad news, you have to go to the dentist.” At that point he would get all bummed out. It was fun messing with his head that way. Well today’s Diamondbacks game brought back memories of that goofy kid’s game that went something like this.


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For the past several years I have been using IX Web Hosting to host all of my sites. I have been relatively pleased with their service overall. As with any hosting company there have been some minor glitches but nothing that would lead me to move to another hosting company. Recently I have been having intermittent problems getting to my sites. After working with the technical support group of IX Web Hosting it was determined that the server I am currently on needs to be upgraded. As luck would have it, there is a planned outage as servers are moved into a new data center. As a result many of my sites will undoubtedly suffer intermittent periods where they are unavailable. Please don’t worry, the sites are not going away, they are merely moving to hopefully newer and more powerful servers. The sites affected include

Please bear with me during this time. I’ll attempt to update the blog with entries to catch up where necessary once service has been restored. These outages should all be resolved by March 31 at the latest (assuming DNS propagation occurs normally).


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I woke up this morning in a panic. I leapt out of bed and rushed to the calendar and it was a case of good news and bad news. First of all I hadn’t missed the Second Annual Evening on the Diamond. I thought the event was last night but I was relieved to find out it is tomorrow night. The bad news was that I still needed to raise the $50,000 for the dinner. I thought I had a plan but I wasn’t exactly sure whether Trina was going to approve it. The first problem I had to overcome was the fact that Trina was going to complain that $50,000 was a lot of money for dinner. Oh sure if you compare it to what we ate last night it might seem excessive. After all that $50,000 could buy 46,728 Wendy’s Double Stacker hamburgers and 1 small Frosty from their value menu but really that’s not a fair comparison. After the first 46,727 Double Stackers do you honestly think you would want one more? Besides, I am guessing your arteries would completely seal shut at about 42,617 (a theory that will probably have to go untested I’m afraid).


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Within the last week Major League Baseball modified their web site to give it an updated look and feel. I have not been a big fan of their site for quite some time but it was a necessary evil considering that is where most of the official baseball news is reported you had to go there. I immediately liked the new layout as it seemed like things were more logically placed (at least they were more logical to me; your mileage may vary). I did question why they would allow you to select your favorite team under the Headlines section and display the first three stories from the team web site. This seems counterproductive to the idea of driving visitors to the team web sites. Considering that MLB now controls all of the web sites for the various teams this doesn’t make a lot of sense. Still, it looks more content driven and less advertising driven than the previous incarnation which is a very good thing. And since as I said MLB controls the team web sites I was anticipating that the Diamondbacks web site would soon follow suit with a new look and feel that would mimic that of MLB.com


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In Spring Training 1999 the Arizona Diamondbacks had just finished their inaugural season and had been very active in the free agent market. They had signed or traded for several big name players including such notables as Greg, Colbrunn, Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley, Tony Womack, Todd Stottlemyre, and of course Randy Johnson. The team had immediately gone from an expansion franchise to a play-off contender. There was a lot of excitement surrounding this club as fans began to wonder how good these players and this team could be. And while there was a lot of buzz around baseball around the Diamondbacks and their major league team they were also garnering press about some of their minor league players.


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