2009 Spring Training

The Longest Day of the Year

According to the calendar, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere occurs on the summer solstice. This is day that the earth’s “circle of illumination” receives the longest amount of daylight. On this date the North Pole will receive 24 hours of daylight while the South Pole will receive 24 hours of darkness. The equator will be equally split into 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. As a child I...

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The Final Spring Game

It seemed as though the days dragged on this off-season and that baseball was dark forever. Every day I would look at the calendar and although it said that we were one day closer to Spring Training it felt as though we had taken a step backwards in time and that the rites of Spring would never come. Finally after all the wait; pitchers and catchers began arriving in Tucson for the eventual beginning of Spring Training. It was a glorious day on...

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The Perfect Date Night

Almost as soon as the final pitch was thrown against the Colorado Rockies on September 28 I began working on the redesign and upgrade of my NowHitting web site. Given the total number of pages I had to modify, it was a very time consuming task. As a result I have been described as a little less than involved in family life around our house. This is the message that my wife tends to deliver to me on nearly a daily basis. She tends to point out...

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D-Backs Rewards

Prior to the 1999 season the Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled a program they called the “Frequent Fang Program”. This was basically a fan loyalty system where you were awarded points for every game you attended. It came with a really cool credit card looking thing that had a bar code on the back. Around then Bank One Ballpark were kiosks where you could scan your card and you received 10 points for attending that day’s game. As...

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The Rule 5 Experiment

On December 11, 2008 the Arizona Diamondbacks selected catcher James Skelton from the Detroit Tigers as part of the Rule 5 Draft. Many Diamondbacks fans were left scratching their head wondering first “who is James Skelton” and second, “what in the world do the Diamondbacks need another catcher”. A Rule 5 selection is a dicey proposition at best. Sometimes you strike it rich like in the case of Johan Santana, Josh...

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Happy Anniversary Dear

There are few things that will bring damnation to a man’s soul quicker than forgetting the birthday or anniversary of someone you love. I’ve heard tales where men were burned at the stake when they realized too late that they forgot to recognize their wife’s birthday or somehow spaced off the fact that it was their anniversary. My experience has been that women fall within two camps. The first type will drop subtle hints to...

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Week from Anticipation

One of my favorite scenes from the movie Back to the Future is when Doc Brown is standing at the clock tower waiting for Marty McFly to return from the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. They are under extreme time pressure if they hope to send Marty back to 1985 using the lightning strike to the tower. I mean where else are you going to get 1.21 gigawatts especially in 1955. So here is Doc Brown pacing back and forth looking at the various time...

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What Happened?

The number of entries on Diary of a Diehard was quite consistent for nearly two years then suddenly at the end of the 2008 season they ground to a halt. Over the off-season my email inbox was littered with equal amounts of get well cards and messages questioning what was going on. In the immortal words of Mark Twain in a letter to Frank E. Bliss in 1897, “”It has been reported that I was seriously ill–it was another man;...

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The Long Dark Night is Over

It seems like yesterday was September 28 as I sat in my seats in Section 112 Row 8 watching as Randy Johnson threw a 2 hitter to win his 12th game of the season. As the final pitch was thrown around 3:30 PM the Diamondbacks season ended and the long dark off-season began. On the other hand it feels as though baseball has been gone forever. I had to endure the pain and agony of watching the Los Angeles Dodgers dismantle the Chicago Cubs then...

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