Cactus League, Week 5

Football is full of mobile sides of beef who’d kick their grannies in the dentures if push came to shove. The NBA is mean streets all the way. Robert Horry. Steve Nash. ’Nuff said? The NHL? Todd Bertuzzi. Chris Simon. Marty McSorley. Butchers on ice, the lot of ’em.

Baseball, on the other hand, is a most civil affair. Even the brawls are lame.

Our Arizona Diamondbacks play in the most competitive division in the majors, but we don’t loathe the Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, or San Francisco Giants. The closest we come to a blood feud is with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and even that can be patched up with a Band-Aid. Thus, it should be a veritable love-in this week when the Dodgers arrive for a six-game Cactus League residency in advance of moving their preseason digs from Florida to the Valley in 2009.

Thu., March 20, 7:05 p.m., 2008
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Clay McNear
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