September 24, 2010
Going into this final home stand logical thinking would suggest the Diamondbacks may win two games out of the six. The Colorado Rockies entered the series as perhaps the hottest team in baseball or at least in the NL West.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are always tough for the Diamondbacks and have had success dating back to 2008 when the Dodgers knocked Arizona out of first place and ultimately out of the play-offs. Many point to that series in early September 2008 as the turning point where the Diamondbacks began their death roll to the bottom of the standings.
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September 23, 2010
When the Arizona Diamondbacks returned home from a disastrous road trip where they went just 2-8, there didn’t seem to be anything to look forward to for the final six home games of the season.
The Diamondbacks must have sensed the malaise of its fan base. The team took the ten-game road trip to do a little housekeeping at Chase Field to begin to build excitement to 2011 and especially the fact that Phoenix will be hosting the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star game.
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September 22, 2010
“Don’t quit your day job.”. Never has my father’s advice been more appropriate than it was today. Less than 24 hours after I boldly predicted the Arizona Diamondbacks would name interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto the permanent GM, the team scheduled a press conference at Chase Field to name Kevin Towers to the job.
So with hat in hand I come before you to apologize for my complete lack of prognosticating ability. This should also clear up any misconception that I have any clue as to what is happening with the Diamondbacks front office.
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September 21, 2010
Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall has had a very busy month of September. While his team is trying to salvage a few wins in the last month of the season, Hall has been working to set a team in place that will lead the Diamondbacks back to the playoffs.
No, Hall is not out scouting new players for the Diamondbacks. Instead he is interviewing candidates to fill the General Manager’s position that has been vacant since the team fired Josh Byrnes earlier this season.
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September 20, 2010
Despair and tragedy are usually just one or two relievers away when talking about the Arizona Diamondbacks. This fact was validated over the past road trip where the Diamondbacks went 2-8 getting swept by both the Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Watching your team go winless versus an opponent is never easy. It’s bad enough when that opponent is a divisional foe such as the Rockies but you can at least justify it by rationalizing that the Rockies are the hottest team in baseball.
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September 19, 2010
In June 1995, two friends John Baur and Mark Summers were playing a racquetball game. One of them were hit with a ball and screamed in pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!” that sounded very much like a pirate movie. The two men hatched an idea.
What if they could create a holiday where everyone talked like a pirate for one day? They chose September 19 as the date since it was Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday (how appropriate). International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) was born.
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September 18, 2010
For the third consecutive game Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Barry Enright struggled. In tonight’s game Enright lasted just over three innings. This is the second consecutive game where Enright lasted less than four innings.
The most recent three innings were enough to derail the rookie. Enright allowed just six hits. Unfortunately of those six, two were home runs. Add to this the four home runs Enright allowed during his previous start and there is plenty to be concerned about.
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September 17, 2010
The 2001 season will forever be on the minds of Arizona Diamondbacks fans. Bring up that year and fans will wax poetic about having a team of destiny. A team that would bring down the vaulted New York Yankees and give the desert its first world championship.
Discussions will center on luminaries such as Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Luis Gonzalez. Fans will talk about a dominating pitching staff that would record 1,297 strikeouts including 372 by Johnson and 293 by Schilling.
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September 16, 2010
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez had not won a game in nearly two months despite pitching better as of late. The reasons for the losses have been varied.
The beginning of August was especially brutal for the right-hander. As a fly ball pitcher Lopez has gotten into trouble this season giving up home run balls like trick-or-treat candy at Halloween.
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