Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


Some Highlights
May 11, 2008, 14:50
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I hope you’ve taken advantage of William K’s Baby Backs site to keep tabs on our team from day to day.  I apologize that I’ve been unable to keep things current here, but I hope you’ve enjoyed William’s brief daily reports.  If you’ve followed reports, you’re aware that the Winders had a fairly fruitful road trip over a week ago.  They were especially successful in Albuquerque, winning three of four in very decisive fashion!  Unfortunately, they lost the last game of the series and returned home to play in a losing frame of mind.  The Nashville Sounds took the first three games of their series here against our Snakes.  In fact, the team that is still our buddy in the basement of the PCL (though they’re now out-pacing us, with a record of 13 and 22, .371) has shown increasing signs of life since they bested Salt Lake for three of four before arriving in Tucson.  The Sidewinders did avoid a sweep by the Sounds with a glorious walkoff homer by Josh Whitesell in the bottom of the tenth on Friday night.  After a close game, the win was especially valuable – and the fans, literally over 5,500, were delighted by the entire evening!

Ushering Is Fun!  It’s been a delight working this homestand at TEP.  Thursday night’s Thirsty Thursday fans enjoyed themselves on a lovely evening at the ballpark in spite of the loss by the home team.  Generally well-behaved, I did rediscover what some folks will do for freebies at the Park.  I think I won’t go into detail, but really…free plastic beads aren’t worth potential charges for public indecency!  But I was tickled that some adorably cute college guy asked to have his picture taken with me as a reminder of his birthday at the Park!  Friday night saw me on the first base side of the Park – an area that became rather dangerous as we had a ton of foul balls hit into the seats and one very scary incident with a shattered bat-head flying like a missile into my seats.  Fortunately no one was hurt…and the fan got to take that part of the bat home!  One of the Sounds players gifted a young kid in my section with a broken bat, too.  A treat for that young man, for sure!  Last night I was in “exile” in the upper stairs from the VIP gate.  This is a new position for me…  The job is to direct those headed for Suites and Terrace parties toward their appropriate location.  This faces the parking lot, Tucson mountains, and is as far away from the game as you can get in the ballpark!  But it was peaceful.  Fans here were excited about their parties and there was the most beautiful sunset…  Not a terrible way to start an evening of work.  But I did regret missing Doug Davis’ start for Tucson on his first rehab assignment with the team following his thyroid cancer surgery.  I took my break in the stands and actually saw Doug toss to two whole batters before he was lifted (having met his pitch count for the evening).  Sorry to have missed the rest of this start, but the 4K+ fans in attendance sent him out with a rousing standing ovation…clearly a testament to their support for his health recovery and fine outing on the mound.  Unfortunately, the bullpen lost the game for Doug after his departure.  Shoot!  But never-you-mind…I spent a fair portion of the rest of the evening playing Santa to a couple kids in the Berm area of the Park, giving them foul balls.  There’s nothing like the smile of wonder and joy from a kid when you’ve given them a ball after they’ve spent all night attempting to retrieve one of these prized possessions!  THIS is the best part of the GDS job!

Bardo’s Back!  With Chad Tracy (whom I’ve yet to see play, since he had a scheduled off day on Thursday, and has since been ailing with some flu bug) and Doug Davis rehabbing in Tucson, our local papers have totally overlooked the return of one of our OWN favorites, Brian Barden.  Until his trade to the Cardinals organization last year, Brian Barden had been the ONE guy who’d been a constant on the Winders roster through all my years on the GDS.  That’s not to say that Brian was always my favorite Winder, but he was ALWAYS ours.  Now playing for the Memphis Red Birds, Brian was most definitely BACK last night.  I had a quick chat with him before we opened the gates (he mentioned that it was good to be home, but felt weird being on the “other” side) – which was a delight – and then I watched him just POUND us to death in the part of last night’s game I saw.   Two triples…and he scored after one of those with a wild pitch.  Gee, Bardo did always play well here!  It was also nice to see Ashley and Averie (a toddler who just realized the fun of running her mommy ragged)…though they were clearly in the wrong part of the Park!  LOL 

So, today we are still at the bottom of the PCL pile (11 and 26, .297) after losing to Memphis last night 2 to 7.  Our Sidewinders are a team that’s trying hard – won’t you come on out to the Park and encourage them in their attempts to get out of the basement?  I’ll be looking for you…

Today – 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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Hey, beads can be used for a higher purpose than just buying Manhattan! 😉

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