2012 Season

The Long Lost Closet Find

The Long Lost Closet Find

I knew after I bailed on my wife and her baby shower yesterday that I was likely going to be in the dog house for a while. I don’t want to say I am getting used to being in the doghouse but I have noticed that lately I will circle the bed three times before crawling inside. Anyway, I fully expected that I was going to be tethered to the honey-do list for the rest of the weekend and sure enough I was not disappointed. Today happened to be closet...

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The Baby Shower

The Baby Shower

“Honey we are planning on having a baby shower at the house on Saturday are you going to be around?” my wife asked. Was this a trick question? When I hear the words “baby” and “shower” even remotely in the same sentence is makes my legs quiver and I get an uncontrollable urge to stuff disposable diapers in my ears to drown out the sound. I am pretty sure that if there is a baby shower planned at my house that will be the last place I will be...

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Who Is the Face of the Franchise?

Who Is the Face of the Franchise?

Last weekend’s FanFest by the Arizona Diamondbacks was a start reminder of what kind of off-season the team has had. The signs that had adorned the right field bleachers touting them as UptoWn were gone. The pictures of centerfielder Chris Young had disappeared from the concourse. Merchandise bearing Young, Upton, shortstop Stephen Drew, and rookie pitcher Trevor Bauer were deeply discounted at the team shop at Chase Field. Times they had...

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It’s Valentine’s Day?

It’s Valentine’s Day?

“You know what today is don’t you?” an obvious trick question from my wife to start the day. “Of course I know what day it is. I have been waiting for this day to come for months. I have been eagerly planning every move I would make this day so it is the most memorable day of the year,” I said confidently. “I mean we’ve only been waiting 133 days 15 hours 14 minutes and 34 seconds for this. Position players for the Arizona Diamondbacks report...

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The Marathon Man

The Marathon Man

Let me start out by saying I am not a runner. When I was young I did run track but nothing longer than the 300-meter hurdles. If I have to farther than 300 meters I am taking a car, a train, a bus, or maybe even a plane. Years of playing sports have left my knees in bad shape. Every time I kneel down and try to get back up it sounds like a Rice Krispies commercial. So given these facts, why in the world would I even consider signing up for a 5K...

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Is Phoenix the Most Dysfunctional Sports Town in America?

Is Phoenix the Most Dysfunctional Sports Town in America?

Late last evening local media began reporting that Greg Jamison, the latest potential buyer for the Phoenix Coyotes was unable to complete the purchase of the team by the January 31st deadline set by the City of Glendale. This is just the latest in what has to be the longest running soap opera in professional sports. Even before the announcement Glendale elected officials were posturing to make sure everyone knew that their patience had run out...

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The Home Plate Project

The Home Plate Project

The Arizona Diamondbacks organization continues to collect accolades both on and off the field as a premiere organization. From being named one of the top 100 companies to work for to becoming the first professional sports team to be awarded the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award they just keep coming up on someone’s list. One of the strong themes in all of these awards is the connection the Diamondbacks have with the community. While the...

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Joe Saunders Road to Return?

Joe Saunders Road to Return?

Shortly after the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field I was in the car traveling north on the 101 to Salt River Fields. It felt like autopilot as I made the trek I did almost daily during Spring Training. One look at the thermometer in the rear view mirror and seeing 109 degrees was a reminder that this was no Cactus League game. On a minor league field adjacent to the Diamondbacks Spring Training clubhouse was...

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Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote

Over the years I have developed a love/hate relationship with the Major League Baseball All-Star game. On the one hand I love the idea of the best players from each league getting together on the same field and showing what it would be like if we could build a team from our favorite baseball cards where money and economics are of no consequence. It is the one time of year where every fan feels like the general manager of the New York Yankees or...

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