There are good days at the plate, and then there are really
good days at the plate.
Jane Davenport was relaxing in the upper deck at Tucson Electric
Park on Friday night when a visitor asked how many Sidewinders she
As a group, the Tucson Sidewinders have hit almost 500 home runs
Generally speaking, as the outfield grass at Tucson Electric
Park begins its annual June fade, so do the Sidewinders.
The tools of the trade for the Tucson Sidewinders will morph
from bats and balls to fishing lines and recliners today — one of
eight days off during the season with no baseball.
From the No. 1 starter to the last spot in the bullpen, the
Sidewinders have never been stronger in the Pacific Coast League
The adjustment from second base to outfield is always a tough
one. Making that transition in the minor-league wind tunnel known
as Tucson Electric Park requires even greater precision.
Success on the field in the minor leagues hinges on dozens of
intangibles, not the least of which is preparing players for the
next level of professional baseball.
It was difficult to tell what Russ Ortiz's Sidewinders teammates
appreciated more: His nine consecutive outs to start the game or
the post-game spread of barbecued chicken the big-leaguer
Minor-league players and fans are singing the blues over
Diamondbacks minor-leaguers Dustin and Derik Nippert are lanky
identical twins, right-handed pitchers who have both had benign
tumors removed from their pitching shoulders and undergone
reconstructive elbow surgery.
PHOENIX — Amphitheater's date with destiny failed to derail a
Sidewinders pitcher Kevin Jarvis is always hoping his next start
is his last.
Some 50 years from now, the contributions of former White Sox
pitcher Jeff Bajenaru to a world championship will likely become —
ahem, shall we say — "enhanced?"
Anthony Gwynn showed up to the ballpark on Wednesday clean
The old saying that Triple-A ballplayers are a sprained ankle
away from the major leagues is true for coaches, too.
The Sidewinders picked the right time to get hot in the midst of
16 intradivisional games.
Sometime this week, Tucson interim-manager Lorenzo Bundy will
return to his "day job" of tutoring Sidewinders hitters.
Ask for opinions on today's NFL Draft, and you will get a few
blank stares in the Sidewinders' clubhouse.
Chris Carter got real when he arrived at Stanford as a freshman,
with eyes bigger than John Daly at an Italian buffet.
In less than a year, Arizona's Preston Guilmet went from
pitching on balding high school diamonds in northern California to
For Mike Bell and a handful of Arizona's pro hopefuls, the sport
of football has morphed from game to profession.
There is no doubt that Annika Sorenstam is the world's top
As freshmen roommates at the University of Arizona in 1993, Ted
Purdy and Jason Gore might not have realized the success either one
of them would have on the PGA Tour nearly 12 years later.
Sunday's official announcement that the Accenture Match Play
Championship — the cornerstone of the World Golf Championships
series — is moving to Tucson after seven years in Carlsbad, Calif.,
ended a long courtship for the Tucson Conquistadores.
Kirk Triplett swapped one funny hat for another Sunday, swapping
his trademark bucket-style golf hat for the last traditional
conquistador helmet for the foreseeable future.
Duffy Waldorf and Bubba Watson are determined to prove that
there is more than one way to win the Chrysler Classic of
While most people begin their week dreading the five days of
work ahead of them, Jin Park and Jason
Allred were not sure whether they would have the chance to
work at all.
PGA Tour officials are expected to raise the curtain on the golf
world's worst-kept secret today.
The 2005 season could not have finished up much better for
Go ahead, close your eyes and fling a dart at the Chrysler
Classic of Tucson leader board.
Mark Wilson hears the same query at every PGA Tour stop.
Ricky Barnes always has had a flair for the
Nick Price's 49th birthday last month got him
one year closer to the Champions Tour — aka The ATM Tour.
Bubba Watson was relaxing after a practice round this week when
the subject of distance off the tee came up.
Before Ryan Hietala had unloaded his golf clubs
at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa, his cell phone was
buzzing with ticket requests.
Rookie Camilo Villegas has taken the PGA Tour by storm in
Three weeks ago, on opposite ends of the country, a pair of
undistinguished young golfers decided to chase their dreams of
playing on the PGA Tour.
Perhaps no other past champion is more pumped to be in this
year's Chrysler Classic of Tucson than Ian Leggatt.
A Tiger could prowl the Southern Arizona desert in 2007. Tiger
Woods, that is. All signs point to the World Golf Championship's
Accenture Match Play Championship, a PGA Tour event featuring the
world's top 64 golfers, moving to the Tucson area from Carlsbad,
Calif., in 2007.
Not much seems to fluster happy-go-lucky Jason Gore — on or off
the golf course.
Punchless Arizona lost its second straight game to New Mexico on
Saturday afternoon, dropping a 7-3 decision at Kindall/Sancet
Thirty multiple winners and 10 major champions headline the
field for next week's Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
New Mexico put a halt to 23 games of frustration Friday night
with a 6-5 win at Kindall/Sancet Field, its first victory over
Arizona since 1997.
The Arizona baseball team returns home this weekend a little
older and a little wiser.
While there was little eleventh-hour shuffling in the Official
World Golf Ranking, some late movement did affect the Chrysler
Classic of Tucson field.
While there was little 11th-hour shuffling in the Official World
Golf Rankings, some movement at the wire did affect the Chrysler
Classic of Tucson.
Despite its new name, Crooked Tree Golf Course at Arthur Pack
Regional Park feels like an old friend in spiffy, new duds.