Friday, July 29, 2005


I'd like to thank the Diamondbacks for being on autopilot during the past couple weeks. It's vastly reduced the amount of guilt I've had for not posting much during the vacation/family visits/busy time at work over the past couple weeks.

So the Diamondbacks clip along at .500 or so, just like the .500 or so team they are.

Let's see... what happened in my absence...

-- The Diamondbacks are 2 games out of first in the National League West. I'm just stunned.
-- Kata for Worrell. Typically the Diamondbacks have been picking up their interchangeable relievers via the waiver wire, so a trade seems like a little much. But Kata clearly didn't have any future with the team, so it's best for him, too. Good luck to him.
-- Dan Bickley ranting wildly on the Diamondbacks. Don't know exactly who ticked Bickley off so much that he felt the need to slam the team after ignoring them for the first 100 games of the season, but they must have said something nasty. Which is not to say that Bickley was wrong -- this team is more lucky than good -- just that it's like somebody calling the glass half empty who hadn't even asked for the water in the first place.
-- Lance Cormier. Sigh. Perhaps that "National League Rookie of the Year" thing was premature. Overworked? Perhaps. The glass-half-full approach would be to say it's just a slump, much as Halsey worked through in June. But I have no idea if that's correct.
-- Jim points out that I'm the only "indie" Diamondbacks blog left.

Which of course brings to mind this quotation from the ne plus ultra teen movie of the '80s, Say Anything...

Lloyd: I got a question. If you guys know so much about women, how come you're here at like the Gas 'n' Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere?
Joe: By choice, man.

Enjoy the weekend, folks.

Downside of being out of state, I missed the Bickley rant. What was he going on about?
IIRC, he said the team wasn't playing well. He blamed the poor performance on BoMel.

It wasn't so much what he said (this team isn't great, the attendance is lacking, one relief pitcher won't be the answer), it was the tone (dude, this team is going to win 25 more games than last year) and the oddness of Bickley's writing a D-Backs column (very rare this year).

I'm sure it's still up on the Republic website...
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