April 4, 2010
For most of the Christian world, Easter is a time to celebrate the religious rebirth. The images of Easter include spring flowers in bloom, the thoughts of parades, and Easter bonnets. In our house it means something much more.
Easter this year happens to fall on Opening Day Eve, the most sacred night in a baseball fan’s life. Oh sure, there will be those in Boston and New York City that will argue that today is actually Opening Day but I am a baseball purist. I refuse to recognize any game played prior to the Cincinnati Reds start time.
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April 3, 2010
When Spring Training began, the Arizona Diamondbacks roster was mostly settled. There were a few spots that needed to be filled but for the most part the team had already been built through returning players and those brought in with off-season moves.
As the Cactus League season progressed more decisions were made and the roster began to be finalized. With the conclusion of the final exhibition game today, the team would have to make their cuts to get down to a 25-man roster.
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April 2, 2010
For the past month baseball games have been played throughout Florida and Arizona as teams prepared for the beginning of the MLB regular season. After six grueling weeks spent doing drills and getting into shape, the Grapefruit League and Cactus League play ended yesterday.
Teams broke camp and began traveling to their destinations. There are always a few days from the end of Spring Training before Opening Day signifies the official start of baseball season. Traditionally, these days are filled with teams participating in exhibition games against various opponents.
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April 1, 2010
The sport of baseball has always been tightly coupled with pranks and practical jokes. Perhaps it is spending 162 games together living in close quarters for nearly half a year or maybe it is just the fact that the flow of the game allows for the shenanigans of the clown.
Regardless of why it happens, baseball lends itself very well to the offbeat characters and tomfoolery of jokesters. Rookies are always subjected to pranks. The veterans describe it as earning your way to the big leagues.
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March 31, 2010
Earlier this week the Arizona Diamondbacks announced who would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. They have given this honor to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner who recently retired.
Warner has been a fan favorite during his time in Arizona and led them to a Super Bowl in 2009. His departure from football will be greatly felt and for the Diamondbacks to recognize him they should be applauded. While I believe that Warner deserves the honor of throwing out a first pitch, I find myself a little disappointed in the timing of this.
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March 30, 2010
I awoke this morning with a myriad of emotions. Today was the Arizona Diamondbacks final home Spring Training game at Tucson Electric Park. The final Spring Training game is usually a source of joy as it means the exhibition season is winding down and the regular season is about to begin.
This year the final game at Tucson Electric Park truly is the final game there. After 13 years of Spring Training in Tucson, that era in Arizona Diamondbacks history is coming to an end. Next February when pitchers and catchers report they will do so at the new Spring Training complex in northern Scottsdale.
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March 29, 2010
After the 2007 season that saw the Arizona Diamondbacks exceed expectations and reach the National League Championship Series, the team decided to make a blockbuster trade to bring in another front line starter.
General Manager Josh Byrnes would make a trade with the Oakland Athletics that would bring Dan Haren to the desert for several top prospects. The trade was warranted and given the success Haren has had with the Diamondbacks he was worth the price.
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March 28, 2010
On the evening of February 27, 1998 for the first time the Arizona Diamondbacks took the field. It was 32 days before the Inaugural Game at what was then Bank One Ballpark. This was the first Spring Training Game to be held in Tucson Electric Park.
The complex had been built for the Diamondbacks along with the Chicago White Sox and everything was new and exciting. The first game was not a traditional day game as we’ve come to expect from the Cactus League.
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March 27, 2010
Earlier this week I received an email from the Arizona Diamondbacks Season Ticket Holder Services group. In the email they outlined another new benefit for being a Season Ticket Holder. In our Season Ticket Holder package we received a voucher to be redeemed at Chase Field during any home game in April or May.
The voucher is good for a “Fan Loyalty Cup” and can be picked up at the Season Ticket Holders area behind Section 111-112. This cup can be refilled at most Chase Field concession stands for 32 ounces of soda for a reasonable $2 price.
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