Over the weekend I received a surprising email from new Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. In the email he provided details on some of his ideas of how he will lead baseball in the post-Bud Selig era. I think it is only right that I should respond to his email.


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Before the Arizona Diamondbacks came into existence, I was a Cubs fan. One of the hardest things in my life was taking off my Cubs jersey and setting it aside for a purple and teal Diamondbacks jersey. I had grown up in rural Idaho but one of the few luxuries we had was WGN radio that would somehow traverse the atmosphere after dark. While the Cubs games were all finished for the day, we at least could hear the recaps of the games.


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I’ll Pass

The Internet is an amazing place and has changed our lives so much that it is hard to fathom what we ever did without it. Well, that’s not exactly difficult to imagine. Try using your smartphone in the middle of a grocery store or Chase Field and you know exactly what it’s like not to have internet access.


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As January begins to wind down much of the country is covered in a blanket of snow with temperatures as low as Randy Johnson’s ERA. To some it feels like baseball season is years away. But in Arizona the sun is shining brightly and the grass of the practice facilities at Salt River Fields look like a carpet of lush green turf.


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Growing up I spent a lot of time living with my grandparents. I would like to think this was my parents way of making sure I developed a greater appreciation of my ancestors and formed a close bond with their parents. Considering my nickname growing up was Rowdy I am beginning to think that they sent me off just so they could get a break from the terror that somehow followed me wherever I went.

My grandmother was a sweet lady who was always trying to instill wisdom upon me. One of her favorite sayings was, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” She was a master of the cliché but she meant well. She would constantly remind me that I needed to look beyond the flashy exterior and look for the good in people.


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Going into the final day of April the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves with an abysmal 8-22 record to begin the season. This is the second worst start in franchise history just one game better than the 1998 inaugural season (a loss today would tie them for the worst record in franchise history to begin the year). The 2014 Diamondbacks are four games worse than the 2004 team at this juncture and that team went on to lose 111 games.

While the season still has 132 games remaining, the fan base in Arizona is already becoming restless with signs spotted at Chase Field recommending the firing of manager Kirk Gibson, general manager Kevin Towers, CEO Derrick Hall, and owner Ken Kendrick. The advent of social media is providing fans a way to make their desire for change known with immediate feedback. In today’s day and age patience is becoming shorter and shorter.


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One of the best parts of being a dedicated baseball fan is that you get to meet some pretty incredible people. Sure, it’s always exciting to meet a player or a coach but to me it is those dedicated fans that are the most interesting.

Sometimes those meetings happen at the ballpark or during a Spring Training workout while others happen in the strangest places. No matter where the meeting occurs, it’s always fascinating to hear the stories of other baseball fans.


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I have to admit, the Diamondbacks starting the season 1-7 has taken more of an affect on me than I had expected. I’ve been in baseball long enough to know that the baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint so I get that a slow spot does not necessarily mean that the season will continue in a perpetual death spiral.

As I read the comments on social media and hear the fans sitting around me proclaiming the sky is falling in their best Chicken Little impersonations I tend to chuckle and suggest they might want to add 1-800-SUICIDE to their cellphones to get help before taking a step off the ledge.


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Seven years ago I penned a blog entry entitled ”State of the Home Stand Address – April 9-April 17”. This modest entry was the beginning of a very popular series that I have done on and off since.

It is basically a home_stand-by-home_stand synopsis of the happenings at Chase Field. Much of these entries will include things around the stadium rather than what is happening on the field. Game results and analysis I’ll leave to others. Instead I will focus on what is happening at the stadium during the recently completed home stand.


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