Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

One Bright Spot!
April 17, 2008, 21:42
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In this very disappointing season for the Tucson Sidewinders, there has been one very bright spot…  Max Scherzer has proven to be an absolutely amazing pitching machine!  Although he has yet to register a win (or a loss) this season because he’s been forced out of games on pitch count alone (and the bullpen has followed him with their usual underwhelming performance), Max has registered 29 strikeouts…while allowing only seven hits!  Tonight’s game at Sacramento (still in progress…and now – unfortunately – in the hands of our bullpen) featured Max at his most awesome:  11 Ks in five innings of work!!  In any decent year for the Winders, Max’s performance would stand out, but in this dreary year he’s nothing short of exceptional!  Our Snakes managed a bit of offense tonight (some thanks to Miguel Montero who is still playing in a Winder’s jersey) and currently lead the River Cats, three to one.  I HOPE they can hold on to give Max a well-deserved win.  (A win would also once again tie us with Nashville for the bottom rung in the PCL…we’ve held that position on our own since Nashville got their third win yesterday.  sigh)

Some People Stuff.  Ryan Radtke reported that the D-Backs sent Cody Evans back to Visalia today, so the Winders are short a pitcher for the time being.  Bummer:  Cody was doing a good job for us out of the bullpen…  RHP Matt Green continues on the DL with bone spurs in his pitching arm.  INF Javier Brito is limited to hitting duty while he recovers from shoulder irritation that prevents him from fielding effectively (he came out of the game last night early because of the injury).  OF Jesus Merchan remains day-to-day with his hammie strain.  RHP Esmerling Vasquez and RHP Chris Kinsey– the two pitchers we’ve yet to see this season – remain on the DL.  Chris may come off soon (Ryan speculated Cody’s return to the Oaks may mean Chris is about to come off the DL), though Esmerling is still some time off.  And finally, some really neat news!  Those of you have watched the Winders for YEARS will likely remember Catcher Alan Zinter from the pre-2006 team.  One of the game’s nice guys, who was facing the twilight years of his career while with the Snakes, Alan is now COACHING in the D-Back Farm!  For now, Z is actually hanging out with the Sidewinders and is coaching first base tonight for our guys there in Sacramento.  Hey Z!  Good to “see” you again!  (Here’s one of my “embarrassing moments in ushering” stories…  Some years ago, an unfamiliar man and a young boy were sitting in seats that I KNEW belonged to Jay Zucker and his family.  In my usual fashion, I approached the man and his son asking to see their tickets.  With a kind smile, Alan Zinter introduced himself and his son…Z was on the DL with a shoulder injury and Jay had given permission to enjoy the game in those first class, front row seats.  Man, did I turn red!  How could I not recognize one of our OWN players?  :-O  Actually, it’s really easy!  We never meet the players…and they really do look different up close and personal and out of uniform!)

Oh heck!  The bullpen blew Scherzer’s game…AGAIN!  The Winders just lost to Sacramento by a score of three to four…  ARGH!

Do you have your tickets for the next homestand yet?  It won’t be long now before our favorite team returns to Tucson for their second homestand of the season!  Here’s a look at the entire homestand, thanks to information taken from the Winder’s official web site.  I hope you will plan to join us as we continue to celebrate 40 years of AAA baseball in Tucson!!

Saturday, April 19 – Winders vs. Fresno Grizzlies (AAA affiliate of San Francisco Giants).  Sidewinders 40th Anniversary T-Shirt Giveaway.  Be one of the first 1,500 fans (with paid admission) through the gate to receive a FREE t-shirt commemorating 40 years of Triple-A baseball in Tucson!  First pitch at 6:30 – gates open at 5:30pm.

Sunday, April 20 – Winders vs. Grizzlies$1 Hot Dogs/Nestle Drumstick Family Day.   $1 hot dogs for everyone, sponsored by Hebrew National! Sundays are also Nestle Drumstick Family Days. Bring in a Nestle Drumstick Proof of Purchase to the ticket office to receive a Buy One, Get One Free ticket offer! Perfect for the whole family!  First pitch at 1:30 – gates open at 12:30pm.

Monday, April 21 – Winders vs. GrizzliesMeatball Monday.  Bring your family to the ballpark for dinner, because it’s all you can eat spaghetti and meatballs with salad and roll for just $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3-12 (does not include admission ticket).  Gates open at 5:30 for 6:30pm first pitch.

Tuesday, April 22 – Winders vs. GrizzliesS.T.A.R./Student Resource Day.  The School Resource Program administered by the Tucson Police Department and Student Training and Response (STAR) under the auspices of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are again teaming up with the Tucson Sidewinders in 2008 for another exciting day of baseball fun!  All schools (K through eighth) throughout southern Arizona are invited. Schools do not have to be participants in the STAR School Resource programs to attend.  Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.  Enjoy a free ballgame and lunch!   NOTE:  For this very special day, first pitch will be at 10am…gates open at 9am!! 

Thursday, April 24 – Winders vs. Tacoma Rainiers (AAA affiliate of Seattle Mariners) –  Thirsty Thursday.  A Tucson tradition! Enjoy $1 beer, lemonade and soft drinks for 2 hours after the first pitch (at 6:30…gates open at 5:30pm).

Friday, April 25 – Winders vs. RainiersFireworks Friday.  Every Friday at the ballpark is Fireworks Friday. Bring your whole family to catch a fantastic display of fireworks following the game, brought to you by the Arizona Lottery.  Gates open at 5:30 for 6:30 first pitch.

Saturday, April 26 – Winders vs. RainiersStephen Drew Figurine Giveaway.  Be one of the first 1,500 fans (with paid admission) through the gate to receive this classic 2006 figurine of current Arizona Diamondback Stephen Drew.  Gates open at 5:30 for 6:30 first pitch.

Sunday, April 27 – Winders vs. Rainiers$1 Hot Dogs/Pepsi Little League Day/Nestle Drumstick Family Day.  $1 hot dogs for everyone, sponsored by Hebrew National. Calling all little league teams!  Come show your support of baseball and little league!  Pick up your FREE tickets from team coaches, sponsored by Pepsi.  Sundays are also Nestle Drumstick Family Days.  Bring in a Nestle Drumstick Proof of Purchase to the ticket office to receive a Buy One, Get One Free ticket offer!  Perfect for the whole family!  First pitch at noon – gates open at 11am (note earlier than normal start time!)

(Disclaimer – this posting not reviewed/approved by the Sidewinders, Diamondbacks, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, SK Baseball LLC, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)


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Chad Harville told a friend of mine that he was not leaving; apparently he is out of baseball and living in his house in Sahuarita.

Comment by Kathi

Kathi – thanks for the update… I remembered Chad was hurt during the latter part of last season, but am still surprised that he decided to quit the game.

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