Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Three Weeks, Three Questions (Behind Blue Eyes Edition) 

A day late, but with the off day, it seems OK...

Three Weeks

The Week That Was

After starting the homestand with 2 wins (and winning the series with the Marlins), the Diamondbacks lose 4 straight, swept by the Braves. Outscored on average 6.75-4 (high, low, as always, discarded).

The Two Weeks That Will Be

On the road for 3-game series against the Expos and the Mets, then at home for 3 against the Pirates, a day off, then 3 at home against the Reds. If the D-Backs are going to make any run at 63 wins (or, rather, avoiding 100 losses), they'll have to do most of that run in the next 3 weeks as September mostly consists of NL West teams who will probably still be fighting for playoff spots.

By the way... last week I noted how sparse tickets were for tonight's Diamondbacks-Expos game. I just checked; the best seats available now for tonight's game are section 103, row SS, seats 5 & 6 -- slightly worse, but not by much. Still, you could get back into the "right behind the plate seats" tomorrow night... section 101, row VV, seats 13 & 14.

Three Questions

After Jerry, Who's Next? In honor of the classic Who album, three "Behind Blue Eyes" references...

1. What's Jerry Colangelo's next move?
"No one knows what it's like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes?"

Jerry was clearly saddened by the way this thing turned so suddenly on him. A year ago, running both the Suns and Diamondbacks... now, nothing. I hope that he doesn't decide to retire back in Chicago, because, let's face it, he's the closest thing to a non-political civic leader Phoenix has.

2. What's Jeff Moorad's next move?
"No one knows what it's like
To be hated
To be fated
To telling only lies"

Hey, I'm not saying that Moorad lies. But as a former agent and the man who deposed THE MAN WHO BROUGHT ARIZONA A WORLD SERIES, FOR GOODNESS' SAKE! (emphasis for sarcastic effect), he will not be given much slack. Oh, yeah, the players' union hates you, too.

3. What's Ken Kendrick's next move?
"But my dreams
They aren't as empty
As my conscience seems to be"

As Ken Kendrick is publicly identified (though this, too, may be little more than rumor) as the puppetmaster behind the imbroglio (see above Moorad link and this link here), people seem to be lining up against him. John Gambodoro says Brubaker and Dozer should quit. The bigger question, of course, is how Kendrick feels about spending money. How ticked off was he about the Drew signing bonus, and was that because of the size of the bonus or because Colangelo kept him in the dark?

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