Before the season, a division title seemed like a realistic goal for the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a disastrous start, the only realistic goal was to not be a complete embarrassment. The D-Backs kissed that goal goodbye when they essentially threw a game against Milwaukee in order to prove that they had “grit.” Now, the Diamondbacks aren’t merely a bad team; they’re a national punch-line. On the plus side, this actually makes the Diamondbacks more interesting in a slow-motion-train-wreck kind of way.
That trainwreck will roll back into Phoenix on Monday, July 7, when the D-Backs kick off a home series against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson. The Marlins are one of the dozen-odd teams vying for the NL Wildcard and figure to be a big challenge for the struggling Diamondbacks. First pitch is at 6:40. Tickets start at $5 and are available online through www.ticketmaster.com.