Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


As The Season Turns…
May 5, 2008, 20:41
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Our Little Snakes have begun playing somewhat better ball…starting pitching looks better, we’ve committed fewer errors, and have finally experienced a number of consecutive wins.  (Check William K’s Baby Back blog for specifics.)  In fact, the Sidewinders have actually won their first SERIES of the season against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins AAA affiliate) in New Mexico this weekend.  Close your eyes if you are listening to the last game of that four-game series right this moment (tape-delayed on COOL 1450AM), but the Winders were unable to complete the four-game sweep at Albuquerque, losing today’s day game by a score of one to six.  STILL.  There are some signs of life for our team in the last week and a half.  In their last ten games, they’ve won seven and lost only three!  They’ll need to get a little stronger if they want to overcome their miserable season start, but now such at turnaround actually seems possible.

More incredible, to me at least, is the series that Nashville – our buddies in the PCL basement – just had with Salt Lake.  As you’ll probably recall, the Bees had only lost two games before they arrived in Nashville to meet the Brewers’ affiliate late last week.  These same Sounds who had dumped about as many games as Tucson had to that point, somehow BEAT the Bees in THREE of the four games, to win the series.  I’m still in shock over that! 

Both the Sounds and the Sidewinders come to TEP tomorrow night having lost their final games of strong series away from home.  Our records are poor and very close.  I’m thinking it’ll be a good match for the Snakes and I hope that you’ll be there to cheer the Winders on!  Besides, there is at least some chance we’ll see D-Back greats Doug Davis and/or Chad Tracy on rehab assignments during this upcoming homestand!  Come on down for an evening of wonderful entertainment!

Here’s a look at the eight-game homestand that begins at TEP tomorrow evening:

Tuesday, May 6 – Winders vs. Nashville Sounds (Brewers AAA affiliate) – Two Dollar Tuesday!  Stop by any Quik Mart location for a $2 ticket coupon!  Gates open at 5:30 for a 6:30pm first pitch. 

Wednesday, May 7 – Winders vs. Sounds  – Wacky Wednesday!   Enjoy the wackiest fan-based promotions we have ever done in between innings to win prizes. These promotions are: Burst Your Bubble, Boogie For Your Burger, Sing For Your Supper & Ice/Cold, Red/Hot.  First pitch at 6:30pm – gates open at 5:30. 

Thursday, May 8 – Winders vs. Sounds  – Thirsty Thursday!  You know what to expect on Thirsty Thursday!  Come on down and enjoy one dollar beverages for the first two hours after first pitch at 6:30pm (gates open at 5:30pm). 

Friday, May 9 – Winders vs. Sounds  – Fireworks Friday!   Bring your whole family to catch a fantastic display of fireworks following the game, sponsored by Desert Diamond Casino.  Kids will get to run the bases after fireworks, too!  Gates open at 5:30 for 6:30pm first pitch.

Saturday, May 10 – Winders vs. Memphis Red Birds (Cardinals AAA affiliate) – Desert Diamond Casino Diamond Giveaway!  Fans will have a chance to win one of nine (9) diamond pendants. “Register to Win” boxes will be available throughout the ballpark where fans can enter to win. After each of the first eight innings, one name will be drawn to receive a ¼ carat diamond pendant. At the end of the ninth inning, one name will be drawn to receive a ½ carat diamond pendant, courtesy of Desert Diamond Casino & Abbott Taylor Jewelers.  PLUS!  Kids get to run the bases after the game.  Gates open at 5:30 for a 6:30pm start.

  • PLEASE NOTE:  You won’t want to miss this series with the Red Birds – it should feature a couple of our favorite former Sidewinders:  INF Brian Barden and C Mark Johnson

Sunday, May 11 – Winders vs. Red Birds – One Dollar Hot Dogs/Nestle Drumstick Family Day.  Dollar 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!  Kids will also get a chance to run the bases after the game.  First pitch will be at 6pm – gates open at 5pm. 

Monday, May 12 – Winders vs. Red Birds – Meatball 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).  Game starts at 6:30pm – gates open at 5:30.

Tuesday, May 13 – Winders vs. Red Birds – Two Dollar Tuesday!  Stop by any Quik Mart location for a $2 ticket coupon!  Gates open at noon for a 1pm first pitch.  (NOTE early 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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