I was on the road this week, developing a relationship with a big partner. The partner paid for me to travel to Phoenix and spend two days with them on big picture planning. I expected an itinerary that loaded us up from sun up to sun down, as they did the last time I visited.
This time, we wrapped on Wednesday at 5:30. I couldn't believe my luck... So checked the schedule and, yes, the Diamondbacks would play a home game at 6:40pm. It was the Cardinals and Chris Carpenter was pitching. I hadn't ever been the Park-Formerly-Known-as-BOB before, and it's always great to add another park to your list - let alone the Albert Pujols v. Justin Upton star quality.
Found my seat in the right field corner (surprised at how empty the Bob was - they aren't selling well right now). Initially, Edwin Jackson seemed to be outpitching Carpenter, not including the two hit bats men in Jackson's first time through the order and Carpenter striking out everyone including the bat boys and PA announcers.
This game turned out to have everything. A catch on the wall to rob a home run. A play at the plate (Upton sailed one way over the catcher's head). A typical, benches-clearing baseball non-fight. Two dingers and a triple by Colby Rasmus. A tie game in the ninth blown by a 5-run Chad Qualls disaster.
I had to go back to the office Thursday morning. Who cares. It won't be the inside of any of those conference rooms I will remember in ten years.