Sunday, April 9, 2017

Last week was busy, but awesome!

It's been a busy week. Last Sunday was Opening Day and the Diamondbacks hosted the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field.

Zack Greinke vs. Madison Bumgarder.

Bumgarner put on a show; not just on the mound, but at the plate as well. Mad Bum took a perfect game into the sixth inning and homered not once, but twice.

The Diamondbacks battled back against Bumgarner and the Giants bullpen and ended up winning 6-5.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was given a half season ticket package from the D-Backs. Here is the view from our seats.

The World Baseball Classic trophy was on display at the D-Backs Authentics shop.

Tuesday I took some time off work and pulled my two oldest out of school to attend the dedication of Paul Goldschmidt field. The Diamondbacks and APS (local power company) have partnered over the years to build fields all over Arizona for youth baseball and softball.

Paul Goldschmidt Field is the 39th such field and is located in Goodyear, AZ. It will be one of the fields that my kids will play their Little League games on.

We got there early and had a great time. We knew Goldschmidt would be there, but Luis Gonzalez also attended.

They were handing out D-Backs hats, so we got him to sign a couple.

Former closer J.J. Putz was also in attendance.

After all the speeches, a ceremonial first pitch and the unveiling of the scoreboard, Goldschmidt sat down and signed for everyone. I got my season tickets cover signed. Hoping to add Greinke, A.J. Pollock, and David Peralta at some point.

Goldschmidt posed with all the kids that were there in front of the scoreboard that bears his name.

Wednesday my two oldest and I went to the D-Backs game. We walked in and a D-Backs employee came over and asked which one of them wanted to be the Play Ball Kid and which one wanted to be Relish in the Hot Dog Race.

My oldest was the play ball kid. He got to go on top of the dugout and yell "Play Ball" to start the game. While we were waiting down by the dugout we had to stand up and let Dick Vital go by to his seats.

My middle son was Relish and while Ketchup won that night, he did great!

Friday my oldest had a game at Paul Goldschmidt Field. I believe this was the first game and he was the game's first batter. He did great! He went 1-2 with a walk. His hit was a double to deep center field. He played catcher for three innings (his favorite position) and third and first base. 

Right after his game we changed and headed to the Suns game. We got there right after halftime. The Suns played the Thunder. Russell Westbrook was going for an NBA record 42nd triple -double, but ended up two assists short. The Suns dominated and won 120 - 99. Devin Booker took it personally that so many people in the arena were rooting for Westbrook and he put on a show scoring 37 points.

My oldest has now been to an MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA game. Took me a lot longer than that to accomplish that.

After the game, all kids 16 and under were invited on the court to shoot a free throw. My son stepped up to the line and knocked down the shot.

Saturday morning my youngest had a Little League game at Goodyear Ballpark where the Reds and Indians play their Spring Training games. I'm an assistant coach so I was able to get some pictures of him on the field. 

Saturday afternoon we headed to Chase Field early for Jake Lamb Bobblehead night.

I didn't have tickets to the game as part of my half season ticket package, but I was able to get tickets from my work for the game, so we sat right behind the pool. 

We came away with two baseballs; one from BP and one from the dugout after the game. 


  1. That's an amazing week! You're blessed

  2. Looks like y'all had a blast! And those are some pretty sweet seats you have.

  3. No joke! That's an AWESOME week!

  4. What a week! That was a good game to catch Bumgarner. I have him on my fantasy team and I'm hoping he doesn't suffer the same fate as Matt Cain - no run support and let down by the 'pen.

  5. First trip to the ballpark every year should be a national holiday. Looks like you guys had a great time.

  6. what great memories you are growing for those boys! they will treasure their time spent with Dad.

  7. nice photo, may, it's be a great memories for them. thanks for sharing