The excitement of playoff baseball is hard to beat. Last night’s game at Chase Field absolutely lived up to the major league hype and the Dbacks came up BIG time for themselves and for the fans. While it was a great win by the entire team, the pitching of rookie Josh Collmenter and the electrifying GRAND SLAM from Paul Goldschmidt were worth well more than the price of admission.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning the Brewers decided to have Shaun Marcum walk Miguel Montero and load the bases for Goldschmidt. The ensuing battle resulted in a blast that will be remembered around here for many years to come. For those of us lucky enough to be at the game, you could feel the excitement in the air. There was a feeling that Paul OWNED that spot, that the pitcher knew he was doomed. Fear of giving up the long ball with two outs was too much for Marcum to handle, and he was jacked by Goldschmidt. Needless to say, the place went nuts, textbook story line for playoff baseball.
The pic below shows 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th, blasted by #44. The Diamondbacks weren’t done yet and beat the Brewers 8-1.
I’m pretty sure the odds are hugely stacked against the Diamondbacks coming back from being down 0-2 to the Brewers, but I’m also pretty sure this team is used to low expectations. It seems like the fans are ready to do their part to help the team win at home. We have reports of fans coming from as far away as Yuma. Heck there was a mention of fans coming all the way from Norway to see the game yesterday. While Dean Ouellette of Chandler isn’t exactly coming from any crazy distance, he will be spending his 20th wedding anniversary at the game. No, he won’t be spending it with his wife, he will be cuddling up to a Diamond Dog, a few cold beers, and his buddy Kevin. I’m glad to hear that this productive dad ( with 5 kids ) has a loving wife that still says she is committed to their next 20 years. Hey, we’re Diamondback fans, this is the playoffs, it’s kind of a big deal. 🙂
So, if you are heading to Chase Field for some playoff baseball tonight, don’t forget these helpful tips…
Most of the 20 mile route contains 2 sets of tracks where the trains run next to each other. At each station, you simply board a train heading in your desired direction. For instance, many of the stations are built in the middle of the street. If you are boarding a train on Apache Boulevard, you will enter the station and the west bound train will pick you up on the north side of the station, while the east bound trains allow passengers to board on the south side of the station. However, in downtown Phoenix, the tracks split and form a single track for north/south and east/west trains.
The stop at 3rd St/Jefferson is right outside of Chase Field and US Airways Center. Most people know there is a light rail stop at 3rd St/Jefferson near Chase Field, but new light rail riders might not realize that this is an east bound train. No worries, you just need to know how to get around.
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If coming the North, you arrive right outside of the door at 3rd/Jefferson, but when going home you will walk about a block and a half to the 3rd St/Washington stop. The reverse is true for people coming from the East Valley. When coming to the game, exit at 3rd / Washington and head south to the ballpark…
Purchase a light rail pass: For just $3.50 you can ride the light rail to and from Chase Field.
Park and Ride: All park and ride lots are FREE. If you don’t live near the light rail line, these lots are always a good bet and a great value.
Have some fun! Grab some grub before, during and after the game. Heck, this is playoff baseball, you deserve it! :)
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Diamondbacks in 5!
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