Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


I’ve Got the “No Baseball” Blues
March 17, 2014, 14:35
Filed under: Uncategorized

It is March. The weather here in Arizona is absolutely gorgeous. Everything about today whispers, “baseball is back – take heart!” But for the first time since I moved here in 2002, there is absolutely NO professional baseball to be found in Tucson. None now and none on the horizon (well…there will be a four-game reprieve as the former Tucson Padres play the former Tucson Sidewinders at Kino Stadium beginning April 11th – more info on that follows). For a die-hard baseball fan, this is a very hard season to face. Apparently the Cactus League is doing its usual thing up in the Phoenix Metroplex…but it is quiet in Tucson. Of course we knew this was coming, as the former Tucson Padres (now the El Paso Chihuahuas) decamped after new ownership stood up to take the team to a new park in Texas… And major league schedules made it impossible to schedule a couple Spring Training games in town for this new season… Yes, we knew it was coming – but darn, it still hurts!

And so I’ve watched the scoreboards and noted transactions with mild interest from afar…feeling detached from the game I love to watch in person. And I’ve even grown uncertain about what major league team I’ll “care about” this year. And there’s a blogger’s irony here: for the first time ever, two new folks are following my blog whom I do not even know – and they are, sadly, getting absolutely NOTHING in return for doing me the “honor” of following my blog. All those years I wrote my heart out…and they only find me now, when I’m taking a somewhat involuntary year (at least) off. Because, you see, I only care to blog a team I can see and support LIVE. So this blog will languish for at least a season and then we’ll see if I care to regroup – if I miss the blog activity enough to follow and chat about some distant major (or minor) league team. Time will tell. Thank you for checking in. Maybe next year there will be something NEW here!

Before I go, let me share some info on the upcoming PCL series here in Tucson next month.

El Paso vs. Reno…at Kino Stadium!  Here’s some information from a recent press release about the four-game series that’ll be played in Tucson next month:

The El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres) and formerly the Tucson Padres, will play the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) at Kino Stadium on April 11 – 14. Pat Murphy will manage the Chihuahuas; Phil Nevin the Reno Aces. The Chihuahuas begin their inaugural Pacific Coast League season on the road with eight road games – Reno (4/3 – 6) and Tacoma (4/7 – 10).

Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group, said “After meeting with the City of El Paso Project Manager, MountainStar Sports Group has elected to move the home opening day for the El Paso Chihuahuas in the new downtown ballpark to Monday, April 28th”.

Ledford said that the adjustment of the home opening date will allow construction crews the critical time required to prepare the ballpark for “a great experience” on April 28th. Public safety components, concession spaces, and state-of-the-art amenities will be finalized during this time.

Long time Tucson Triple-A General Manager Mike Feder will oversee the Tucson operation. Tickets are on sale at Kino Stadium. You can also call (520) 434-1367 for more information after that date.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed or approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the El Paso Chihuahuas, San Diego Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)

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