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Old 10-26-2023, 06:43 PM
 
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Surprised there wasn't one, so I created one and moved these earlier postings into here from the Phoenix sub-forum.
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Old 10-26-2023, 06:49 PM
 
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The Diamondbacks aren't well known or respected very much compared to many of the older teams (Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, etc.). Even I was surprised that they managed to carry their winning streak this far. But even a run at the World Series should hopefully translate to increased recognition & respect. Having a World Series championship is even more important (which they accomplished in 2001, but they were overshadowed by all the 9/11 news coverage, and the beloved New York Yankees).
Do you think a good chunk of that, re current AZ residents, is because of how many people move there from elsewhere, both for work and as retirees, because of the weather, and they’re already baseball fans and just ‘bring their allegiances with them’ ?
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Old 10-26-2023, 09:45 PM
 
Location: The Disputed Lands
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Do you think a good chunk of that, re current AZ residents, is because of how many people move there from elsewhere, both for work and as retirees, because of the weather, and they’re already baseball fans and just ‘bring their allegiances with them’ ?
This phenomena is very true. My doctor mentioned about how few patients he sees who are AZ sports fans, but root for other teams. It was also surprising to see how cheap the tickets were for Games 3 and 4 where the Philly fans were buying the cheap seats and flying here to root on the Phillies in our park. Normally the local fans would have bought all of those tickets up already.

Same thing when we play the Dodgers, Giants, Padres, even the Cubs, etc and see all of the opposing fans in Chase Field. Not sure if they are people who travel here or if they are more local people who don't support the DBacks when they play their hometown team. I do think that many other fans will travel to Phoenix to see their opposing team since this city is such a popular destination.

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Old 10-27-2023, 04:34 PM
 
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This phenomena is very true. My doctor mentioned about how few patients he sees who are AZ sports fans, but root for other teams. It was also surprising to see how cheap the tickets were for Games 3 and 4 where the Philly fans were buying the cheap seats and flying here to root on the Phillies in our park. Normally the local fans would have bought all of those tickets up already.

Same thing when we play the Dodgers, Giants, Padres, even the Cubs, etc and see all of the opposing fans in Chase Field. Not sure if they are people who travel here or if they are more local people who don't support the DBacks when they play their hometown team. I do think that many other fans will travel to Phoenix to see their opposing team since this city is such a popular destination.
I've seen in person a MLB record set at the stadium (Randy Johnson and Julio Franco extending their own record for the highest combined age of the pitcher and batter involved in a home run).

On my bucket list for the stadium for a future season.....I want to swim in the pool.
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Old 10-28-2023, 11:30 AM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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Do you think a good chunk of that, re current AZ residents, is because of how many people move there from elsewhere, both for work and as retirees, because of the weather, and they’re already baseball fans and just ‘bring their allegiances with them’ ?
Yes, and that's one reason why the Phoenix area is a mecca for Spring Training. Lots of people are here from the Chicago area who are loyal to their Cubs & White Sox, and they both draw large crowds to the Spring Training games (better known as the Cactus League). Plus, other notable teams like the Dodgers, Brewers, and Royals are in the Cactus League, and they also attract a loyal following. There are plenty of baseball fans in the Phoenix area, but a large share of them are devoted to the teams they moved away from. Diamondbacks supporters tend to be fair weather fans.

The Phoenix Suns have a very loyal following, however. One reason for that is how established they are here compared to the other pro teams. The Cardinals would have more of a fan base if they were a winning team more often (and perhaps had better ownership).
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Old 10-28-2023, 09:16 PM
 
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D-Backs got it right tonight, 9-1 over Texas.
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Old 10-29-2023, 04:12 PM
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The Diamondbacks, if nothing else, have an opportunity to get the franchise's second world title. This is a team that's actually more aggressive on the basepads than other clubs were. They don't have to rely solely on the longball, but they've been very good with manufacturing runs. All they need this offseason is just to beef up their pitching and especially some rotation help behind Gallen and Kelly.

And Phoenix is hungry for a champion. If anyone deserves to get back to the top, it's this club. And you have to remember the first four years of this franchise were truly a success story, considering that the D-Backs' only championship came against the Yankees back in '01, let alone the short time it took to rise to the top.
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Old 11-02-2023, 04:36 AM
 
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Well, it's over.

In April my wife and I were in Vegas for just one night to see a show. Neither of us gamble otherwise, but I did walk over to Caesars sportsbook and throw $10 each at the Twins (40-1) and Diamondbacks (125-1) to win the Series. The latter I picked for no other reason than they had the longest odds. The first bets I've ever made in my 54 years.

Close, but not close enough! But it was a fun run...
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Old 11-02-2023, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Surprise, AZ
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Loved Torey's honest answer:

https://www.si.com/mlb/2023/11/02/to...ld-series-loss
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Old 11-02-2023, 06:57 PM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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I didn't expect the DBacks to win the Series, and I was actually surprised that they made it as far as the NL playoffs. They did well this year, but the Rangers were the better team overall, and they deserved to win. DBacks have some work to do, mainly in the pitching. It will be interesting to see if the team can make the needed improvements next season in order to make it to the Series again, and become champs for the second time in franchise history.
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