Events

Diamond Jubilee

There’s an annoying tendency amongst dark horse teams in Major League Baseball that tends to vex their fans to no end. Losing clubs will transform virtually overnight into hard-charging contenders and experience a Cinderella-like season, only to collapse and settle back into mediocrity the next year.

With any luck, this year’s Arizona Diamondbacks -- who shocked the baseball world last season with an unlikely turnaround that included winning National League West – will avoid said fate and once again reign supreme. Most of the crew is back for the 2012 campaign, including pitching aces Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson, sluggers Justin Upton and Miguel Montero, and crowd favorite Ryan “Tatman” Roberts.

If the D-Backs are gonna repeat their pennant-clinching feat, they’ll have to continue dominating division rivals like the fearsome San Francisco Giants, who will visit Chase Field for Arizona’s opening day.


Fri., April 6, 4:10 p.m., 2012
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.