As part of their ongoing efforts to secure the construction of a new ballpark, the Diamondbacks have brought suit against Maricopa County, according to multiple reports (including this one from Brahm Resnik of KPNX). The municipality owns the D-Backs’ current home, Chase Field.
While the taxpayer-funded Chase Field only opened in 1998, and the lease runs through the 2028 season, the Diamondbacks are apparently seeking to cash in by constructing a new facility. The Braves and Rangers have recently pursued similar strategies, departing still-recent homes for freshly funded parks. Though the club says it prefers to stay in the Phoenix area, it also suggested recently that it would be willing to “go elsewhere” if the offers aren’t to its liking.
To abandon the lease at this stage will require the D-Backs to overcome a contract clause forbidding them from pursuing a new park until 2024. Because the county has allegedly failed to abide by its contractual facility maintenance and repair obligations, the team contends, that provision should not be enforced. The action will seek a declaration to that effect, it seems, rather than money damages.
Both sides issued competing statements. Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick says it is “extremely unfortunate” that his club was “forced” to filing suit. He went on to assert that there was “no other option” to pursue in fulfilling what he calls “a promise to our fans … to provide the best experience in all of baseball in a safe and welcoming environment.”
Meanwhile, Clint Hickman, the chairman of the county board, countered that the team seemingly “just wants a new stadium now,” noting that it did not pursue an opportunity over the summer that involved a potential outside acquirer of Chase Field. “Saying the facility is in disrepair is outrageous,” he added, citing the fact that the stadium district authority “has spent millions during the off-season on concrete and steel work that keeps the stadium safe and looking great for each baseball season.”
Welp, unfortunately baseball IS a business…
Businesses generally don’t trash corporate headquarters every few decades to build a new one while getting those that aren’t part of said business to pay for it.
My comment was meant to be sarcastic, guess it didn’t come off that way. I completely agree and I think it’s a disgrace that the D-Bags are even allowed to THINK about doing this.
Im ok with them doing whatever on their own dime and paying their way out of the lease. But im less than ok with money for public schools and public infrastructure being sacrificed so that billionaires can make more money. If its worth building….do it yourself…thats how the free market works.
Would you like a winning ballclub with that order as well? Sheesh AZ.
1) Have them move to Oakland and share with the A’s. THEN you see how bad a stadium can be.
2) Move them to Montreal. The Montreal DiamondExpos. Good ring to it.
3) Cut them and the Rays out so it’s like the 1998 expansion never happened.
I can’t decide which one of those options I like best.
Why don’t we just contract the D’Backs and the Rays, then move the Athletics to Arizona? Makes it so the ’98 expansion never happened, and the A’s get a new stadium!
I think the A’s would be ecstatic to call Chase Field home.
Arizona A’s….I like it.
Diamondexpos haha sounds like a girls softball team
The only way they should be able to get out of tax payer stadium that isn’t even 20 years old is if they refund the entire construction cost they didn’t pay.
This tactic is disgusting and a slap in the face of the tax payers that paid for that park to be built.
I somewhat understand Atlanta, it was built for the olympics first and not a baseball park. Texas though was perfectly fine.
These new parks have character that makes them landmarks for their areas, this isn’t like the cookie cutter parks of the late 70’s early 80’s nobody cared about Riverfront, Three Rivers, or Veterans stadiums. These post Camden Yard parks though are all very unique, all very nice stadiums. I don’t think any of them would be considered to be a hole like Oakland or Tampa.
This is a money grab by rich ownership to line their pockets a little more by having a new park to boost attendance a little for a few years. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen.
Want to improve the park, put some of your own profits into it, like I believe the Reds ownership has done over the years. Don’t act like some spoiled kid who expects mommy and daddy to go out a week after Christmas to get them a different toy because they are already bored with what they got for the holiday.
Totally agree with this. It is absurd what is going on in with these stadiums. I live in North Texas, and the Ballpark is in GREAT shape. So, it gets a little hot in the summer. Is that reason for spending $1B just so we can have A/C? The owners can take teams and flip them for extraordinary returns on their investments. Taxpayers get screwed and owners pocket a truckload. Enough is enough.
Did the voters approve the new stadium in Texas, IIRC? That is a special kind of stupid…
Yes they did approve the new stadium.
But I liked Riverfront…..
How about how the BoSox and Cubs have done?
I wish that congress would pass a law saying that upon the expiration of current leases, it’s unconstitutional for a “publicly” owned facility to have more then 35% of its events be by a singular entity.
Beyoncé doesn’t ask Vegas to build her a theater.
It wasn’t taxpayer funded. It was TOT funded. The residents of Maricopa County didn’t put a dime into the ballpark unless they stayed in a hotel in the area.
Residents of Maricopa County paid an additional quarter-percentage point sales tax to pay for the stadium, and it was not put before the voters. It also came at a time when the county was suffering a budget shortfall and cuts in services. There were no hotel or rental car tax. What’s galling is that citizens who had no interest in baseball whatsoever were force to pay for the stadium. The citizens of Maricopa county made sacrifices to build the park, it’s time for the owners to make some sacrifices.
There’s an entire comment section on redleg nation that usually deals with the Cincinnati stadium improvements
I’ll buy the team
Can I sue them for being Jabronis?
I was there in 2012 and that stadium is beautiful
Nothing wrong with it!!!!!!
There’s copper, the artwork, the field itself…..
Dookie Howser, MD
Little known fact: Being a Jabroni is a felony offense, although it is accepted in several “sanctuary cities” along the Jersey Shore.
Have you ever sat in the upper deck in July or August? Have you ever been there when the roof simply wouldn’t close or when the AC wouldn’t turn off? Have you ever been there on a day when much of the concessions in the OF are closed because of electrical problems? I attend 9 games a year there to see the Padres and at least 3-4 games a year while there on business. Soon that ballpark will be a huge mess. That doesn’t include problems for the team like a lack of income from additional events, less luxury boxes than similar size ballparks, lack of adequate wi-fi for those attending games, a poor parking situation, and a lack of development in the area surrounding the park.
Lack of adequate wi-fi sticks out to me as a strange addition to that list. That has never crossed my mind as something a ballpark should have.
Where’s my 120° summer violin? If the Dbacks have issues with the govt…wise up and dont use their tax system next time…then yo can do things for yourself.
Well they had plenty of money to add Tony Larissa`s dog park last season… And re-brand the park red when they wanted to change their colors to red. If you are talking about concessions in the upperdeck outfield they don’t staff those because of attendance. They AC in the upperdeck run continuously to balance out the rest of the people 40 rows below you. They regularly have empty boxes and because of box sales they renovated some of the previously existing boxes to an all-you-can-eat section on the club level corner section in left field. They also made the decision to eliminate more of the previously existing boxes when they yet again decided to renovate the boxes out by third base so the could sell cooperate sponsorship for the open seating bar area… again most likely due to lack of box sales. They are overbuilt. They had a Stadium built for them that was unrealistic… but they had it built and they signed the lease. They did not sign a very good lease and looking at the price they pay now compared to other MLB stadiums particularly in the West they look like complete morons. What it boils down to is how much more they are paying then other cities, but they had no problem agreeing to those terms when they had the stadium built for them.
If making this point, I think it would be more fair to point out that it was Jerry Colangelo that made those deals, and he was ousted in 2004 over fiscal irresponsibility, which included taking on 100M in stadium debt due to cost overruns, and also deferring 250 million in player salary.. Current ownership inherited this mess. Anyway, the end game here may actually be for Kendrick to purchase the stadium, the land and the parking. He is heavily invest in downtown commercial property and has every interest to see a vibrant downtown phoenix maintained. It also is yet to be determined just how much of the team’s claims are going to be supported in court. The real disagreement is over about 90-100M in costs. The team acknowledges their responsibility for 55M , and the County acknowledges 35 M. It’s the balance that is in question. We’ll see who is right.
IMO, the Dbacks will eventually develop a new MLB ballpark on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land in Scottsdale (Talking Stick, Take 2). This may or may not speed up this process.
So according to Kendrick, Chase Field doesn’t get rave reviews at $$$ and $$$.
…Or maybe the D’backs are suing because Peter O’Brien couldn’t get rave reviews at Chase Field for his defense at catcher and OF.
You have no idea how much I laughed at this. Thank you for living, sir.
I clicked on this story just for the sole purpose of finding a rave reviews comment and God bless you, sir. That’s all I can say. I love it.
So you are giving his comment…rave reviews?
too funny man
I don’t think I’m ever going to get enough raving on this site…I was very delighted to read that getting or not getting rave reviews has now spread to several stories…keep up the good work
Dookie Howser, MD
What other markets are there for a baseball team that has already proven its likely hood to cut and run if they don’t get a brand spanking new state of the art stadium every 20 years (and sue their previous market on the way out)?
Sadly there are likely 5 to 10 that would take any team and risk that happening to them in 20 years right now.
Rather see one of them getting the Rays though. Of course the Rays would likely draw better with a new park, in a far better location.
Miami got a new park, and they still can’t draw very well. For some inexplicable reason, baseball isn’t very popular in Florida once the calendar flips to April.
The Rays stadium is in St Petersburg in a hard to get to location and far away from the residential population of the area. Moving to a new ballpark would solve their issues. There is a large enough population base to fill a good stadium built in a better area and the TV market there is the 11th largest in the nation so they can get a good TV contract. Got to get the ballpark first.
1) The city deserves to have a MLB franchise again.
2) And here’s a surefire plan: We could “Build a Wall” at the national border so the team couldn’t escape….
Building a wall is hilarious lol
But seriously, I couldn’t disagree more. Montreal doesn’t deserve a team at all after basically pushing the Expos away by not showing up to games
To be fair they did have Loria as a owner at the end and I believe they did show up when the team was even just solid.
That I didn’t know… But I do know their attendance was a complete joke. It was like watching the beginning of Major League.
But I feel like baseball fans show whether the team is good or bad. Even if they show because they are a fan of the visiting team
Would you have gone to a stadium where the roof falls off to watch a baseball game? Don’t even talk about how badly baseball “fit” into a stadium designed for the Olympics (you know… like Atlanta!)
Build it tall….these rich guys fly out late at night.
I always thought it odd that Pro teams don’t own their parks.. Instead of local government (and in turn tax payers) paying for it.. make the teams build it.. then the team can rent it out as they see fit..
“Socialism for the rich.”
The Cardinals paid for their stadium.
As a Red Sox fan and one that’s been to fenway more times than I can count, I really don’t see what these teams have to complain about. Oakland is obviously a dump, and Tampas Stadium with their backyard wiffeball ground rules are a joke, but the rest of the teams have pretty nice looking stadiums from what I see on TV
As someone who has been to all 30 ballparks, I agree. Sure some are nicer than others, but outside of the 2 you mentioned the rest are all more than nice. Zero reason for either Arizona or Texas to be building a new stadium. Atlanta moves closer to the population base, but every time I’ve shown up to watch the Braves they had a decent enough crowd.
I can make a case that an team can do what they want on their own dime. I do think the White Sox whiffed on the new Comiskey….go back across the street and rebuild a smaller park that faces the loop…or head north to printers row…south loop…then they might give the cubs atleast a bit of a game.
Screw the taxpayers again. MLB should build their own stadiums without sweetheart deals from taxpayers who never attend a ballgame. I’ve yet to see an unbiased study that shows professional teams bring more revenue into a community than the overall cost to keep them. This is extortion and the politicians sell it to the suckers. I don’t begrudge players their large salaries… but I’m opposed to those salaries and owner profits being subsidized by the taxpayers.
Thankfully Seattle City Council did not bend to extortion.
If taxpayers do pay for the park then under no circumstances should they have to deal with blackouts. That is one that always has upset me. We want you to fund the stadium oh and if we don’t get enough people in it you aren’t going to be able to watch the game on tv either.
It just sets an ugly president down the road. What jurisdiction in there right mind will give any MLB team a stadium funded by tax payers with this BS going on? Your digging your own grave gentleman!
“an ugly president” ?
Couldn’t help noticing.
Refer back to “Build a Wall” around a Montreal team.
MLB could probably trim the fat with some of these teams via contraction or at the very least target some possible move locations that are hungry for baseball. Oakland doesn’t want to spend money on a new stadium – cool, maybe move them up to Portland where they aren’t competing with the Giants for fans.
As far as AZ, Tampa and Miami they’re always in the bottom third attendance-wise because they’re snowbound locations. Perfect for spring training but baseball fans down there won’t root for these teams because their teams are up north where these residents came from. Keep FL and AZ for spring training. Move some of these teams to locations that would enjoy baseball more.
I know the Mets exist now but it would be cool if Brooklyn got a team back. Montreal, with the Canadian dollar being lower than the American dollar again for the time being they needs a Rogers-like ultra rich owner that will spend to make that work. Maybe it would be perfect if MLB stripped the Marlins from the worst owner in sports and gave it back to Montreal as a gift to make up for what he did to that market.
Yes an owner richer than Rogers…somebody like Bell, they already own the hockey arena for the Montreal Canadians or at least have the naming rights. I believe they are even richer than Rogers by double as well. It be fun to see Telecommunications companies compete with sports teams.
I always thought the New York area could support 3 teams. Move the Rays to New Jersey. You wouldn’t even have to change the name that much — the New Jersey Original Ray’s. Fuggedaboudit!
in my crazy, cooked-up dreamworld, a team in brooklyn would be perfect. contract the a’s, rays, and d-backs and welcome the ‘brooklyn blue sox’ (don’t think after 60 years that l.a. is willing to part with the ‘dodgers’ moniker).
but then i wake up and realize that the yankees, mets ( and probably the phillies) would exercise territorial rights and brooklyn has to make do with the nets and islanders.
(maybe if i drink enough nyquil i can also re-imagine the niners without the york’s mucking things up!)
so living in Phoenix sucks.
So, we have a terrible team. Also, are stuck with a contract in Grienke that will probably end up terribly in the end. Now the FO is suing the city of phoenix which is actually myself and the rest of the tax payers for what new stadium equipment? Seriously? I don’t know how many times I’ve been there maybe 20? It’s not even that bad…. I’d rather have them a winning team :).
Truly sucks Being a Dbacks fan I tell ya, almost as bad as being a Dolphins fan these last 15 years.
The team is suing the Maricopa County Stadium District.
The Dbacks are suing Maricopa County, who owns the park.
“For their complaint against Maricopa County Stadium District and Denny Barney, Steve Chucri, Andy Kunasek, Clint Hickman, and Steve Gallardo, in their official capacities as members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Board of Directors of the Maricopa County Stadium District, Plaintiffs allege as follows:”
good write up and discussion here
Ah, yes. Public money spent to benefit private enterprise…but it’s never too early, nor any contract clause too binding, to pass up going back to the well. And why do the owners do this? Because it works.
“Because it works”. This sad truth is just the absolute worst part of all of this.
That’s precisely the point – nailed it. They’re throwing their tantrum because they can reasonably expect that their demands will be given in to.
It’s ridiculous that taxpayers are in the hole for their current stadium, yet there will be more patdowns for another stadium while the current facility – which is quite nice – becomes wasted.
Might as well be throwing money away, literally.
Corporate America – it’s ugly.
Las Vegas D-backs
Managed by Pete Rose
One can only hope!
Kendrick is a dirtbag. There is nothing wrong with Chase Field.
You just aren’t creative enough. I would imagine there are plenty of smudges on the walls, the odd urinal handle that needs jiggling, and a water-fountain or two that squirts too high.
Honestly, he is more of a Balloon Head that is 100% insane
I think that is more accurate.
Although, I completely agree with you on this: There is nothing wrong with Chase Field.
Manfred needs to ‘man up’ here and quash this!!!!
Enough is enough. Here’s rooting for the County.
I have been to over a hundred games at Chase Field/Bank One Ballpark and I do not understand why the team feels they need a new facility. It is a beautiful park, is centrally located and it has a retractable roof. Why should the people of Phoenix have to spend extra time in traffic in the sweltering summer heat to get to a stadium in Glendale or Mesa or the reservation? The outer areas already have the Spring Training sites. Keep the team downtown.
You didn’t read the articles in the Republic did you? The team is not asking for a new ballpark, they are asking the Maricopa County Stadium District to fulfill their end of the contract. Since they are not, the Diamondbacks are looking for a court to make them pay. It took me years after a judge ruled in my favor to get even a partial payment out of them, I hope the Diamondbacks have better luck than I did.
Build your own damn stadium or sell the team to someone who can afford it, ridiculous the taxpayers have to pay the tab, and I’m a Democrat
Kendrick’s a slimy, POS owner that doesn’t care about the fans or winning if the bottom-line is at stake. The billion dollar TV deal has been pocketed without increasing payroll one penny and he continues to play these gimme-gimme games. The current stadium is fine if a little big. He wants to move the team to Scottsdale and build a smaller venue with less but more expensive seating. So the fans will be screwed with higher ticket prices and the Phoenix tax-payer screwed with a big, empty building in a dead downtown. I hope the county wins and loudly exposes Kendrick as the greedy sack he is.
There should be a mechanism in the rules where the league byes teams and maintain them until they can be sold, everybody make money except the guy who doesn’t deserve to
now now, you know better rye
TV contract was at 31 M before the new deal, and in the first year of the new deal it is about 40-42 M.
It’s a bump, but it’s not massive.
Wow, makes all the people that talk about welfare queens sound ridiculous…why is corporate welfare ok? I guarantee its millions vs trillions(at the very least, many many billions) paid out a year…
Also makes me appreciate payin a little more for my 5 star cuisine at one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Thanks for paying for your own stadium SF Giants! Everyone in the bay (except some A’s fans) thanks u for all you’ve done for the region
they can have whatever facility maintenance they want if they pay for it themselves.
They offered to pay for the $220 million in improvements that the Stadium District agreed to pay for when the ballpark was built. The Stadium District refused. You really should read the articles about this subject.
I could be wrong but not all teams can “…provide the best experience in all of baseball…”
I respectfully disagree. These teams are all owned by billionaires or even groups of billionaires…and especially considering how many ballparks are publicly funded, and add on revenue sharing and it’s insane to think that the taxpayers are expected to shell out big bucks again just to see a game and not have it be a top notch experience.
I get what you’re saying, not everyone can be at the top, but there’s no reason taxpayers and fans should participate in setting up these money making schemes in which the owners contribute nearly nothing and reap huge rewards and get to dictate the terms
On this episode of Cash Grab…
I live in AZ and this whole issue is officially out of control. I could only condone going to two games last season, after reading the entire initial affidavit. Now that there is no third party involved I do not intend on attending any games for the first time in 15 years. As long as Kendrick is majority owner I am out. He has ran this franchise into the ground and it has been going on for years. The most hilarious part is the way they have handled it in the media… right after they signed a new TV deal, and then turned around and wrote a check for a large portion of that revenue to Greinke. It is as embarrassing as the McCourts were in LA. The fact that Manfred and the league office have not got involved yet is beyond me. Any business that operates as a legal monopoly in this country that files suit in the courts of not wanting to honor contractual agreements should be immediately thrown out of what ever jurisdiction filed. further more I hope the municipality not only counter sues for damages above and beyond the amount of the lease and names MLB in the suit, and pursues it to federal court. Absolutely ridiculous this moron gets away with this crap. I hear Loria is trying to sell the fish and nothing would make me happier than MLB acquiring Dbax and sending Kendrick to the swamp. Kendrick is the perfect yokel idiot for Loria to swindle.
that seemed like a dave stewart debacle as well. he was a solid Major League starting pitcher back in the late 80’s, but since he retired he’s pretty much been a failure at every post-playing career job he’s tried. he moved around from the broadcasting side, to player agent, to front office to finally general manager with Arizona from ’14-’16 and the guy must be the greatest job interviewer in the history of seeking employment because he’s given every opportunity he’s ever gone out for yet hasn’t really achieved anything other than struggling along and not really ‘getting’ it at any of those stops.
The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla
All this while the Indians made massive improvements to their stadium with $0 tax dollars. They ripped out unused seats, added a giant bar and new food concession areas, a home plate club and bullpen seats using money from the concession company.
As much as I don’t care for the Dolans, they at least improved their stadium the right way without scamming taxpayers. That’s why I go out of my way to attend Indians games and also go out of my way to avoid ever supporting the Cleveland “Welfare Queen and Most Craptastic Franchise” Browns who did the exact opposite.
Word! I haven’t been to a niners game in years for the same reason, I’m never going to support the York family giving their son the toy he wanted only to have him not have any interest in keeping his stuff nice. Especially after this balke/Kelly fiasco.
Oh, and that stadium! 1st thing any architect does is a sun study for the site, but somehow Jed figured out how to blind/cook both sides of the stands with that glass building on the north side. His decision making in every context is historically bad, I swear he’s planning on invading Russia in winter next season…
Jed, you’re lucky a team can’t be taken away from an owner by the fans or you’d be run out on a rail. Thanks for being the anti-Giants ya dbag!
The Diamondbacks offered to do just that, but the Stadium District denied their offer.
Phoenix should kiss their asses goodbye. there is too much other stuff to do than go sit inside and watch baseball there. the dbacks suck anyways.
that’s nuts! I was just out in Phoenix this past summer. caught a diamondbacks vs brewers game. that stadium was probably the nicest baseball stadium i’ve been to. every seat was close to the field – we sat in the 6th row and were maybe 30 feet from the visitor’s on-deck circle. it was the first week of august so while it was close to 100 degrees outside, it was comfortable and cool on the inside and parking was right across the street and it was easy to get to and from the park with no traffic. food was great and there were tons of concession stands and for a sports park it wasn’t all that ridiculously priced. not to mention that swimming pool looks pretty sweet out in right-center as well.
Almost all MLB Owners are Conservatives Republicans , Except they are Socialists when it comes to Public Dollars for their Profit !
If it wasn’t sad, it would be hilarious. Owners make hundreds of millions. Players make millions. Ticket and food prices continue to escalate but hey, let’s have the public buy us a new playground
Yeah. Makes perfect sense
@jefftodd The basis of this lawsuit is to get the Maricopa County Stadium District, the organization that the Diamondbacks have a contract with, to hold up their end of the agreement by doing over $220 million in renovations that they are contractually obligated to do. $135 million in improvements are past due at this point, the Maricopa County Stadium District is virtually bankrupt, and the Diamondbacks have been trying for 4 years to get the Stadium District to do what they agreed to do. The Diamondbacks asked for the ballpark to be transferred to the city of Phoenix who have both the ability to rezone the stadium district so other developments can be made and the money to make the agreed upon improvements. The Diamondbacks have even offered to pay for all the improvements in the agreements themselves and increase the rent they pay for the ability to hold more events in the ballpark from which the Diamondbacks would share in the proceeds. Not only did the Stadium District deny all these they answered in vulgarity-laced tirades from the past commissioner. It has never been about a new stadium and Craig Harris’ article said as much. They threatened to move to a ballpark in the Phoenix area after several years of trying to get the Stadium District to live up to the agreement with no luck. Some of this I know from reading all I can, part of it I know from personal experience of working on the project and having to take legal action against the same recalcitrant commissioner of the Stadium District. Even with a court ruling in my favor, it took years to get even partial payment from them so I commiserate with what the Diamondbacks are going through on a much larger scale than my problems with them.
You have no basis to say “apparently they want a new stadium”! Why do you put your spin on things? Are you insecure about what you really know and you are stretching the truth to sound credible? Are you trying to sound interesting? Be careful, because you’re actually losing credibility with people who think deep enough to know the truth. Yes, they could seek a new stadium if they can get out of the contract because the county is not fulfilling its side. However, they’ve said over and over again that their first choice is to remain downtown and at Chase Field. They just need the repairs and renovations to do so. Your statement is completely false, garbage writing that warrants an immediate retraction or else lose any credibility as a journalist.
Dookie Howser, MD
1. as far as one knows or can see.
“the child nodded, apparently content with the promise”
synonyms: seemingly, evidently, it seems (that), it appears (that), it would seem (that), it would appear (that), as far as one knows, by all accounts;
2. used by speakers or writers to avoid committing themselves to the truth of what they are saying.
“foreign ministers met but apparently failed to make progress”
Given the history of of professional sport franchise owners in the US and stadium construction, I think MLBTR can stand by its statement. The previous article on MLBTR (linked here) also links to the full statement issued by the DBacks in the Spring related to this. The source linked in this article also presents the DBacks case (first and at more length, even).
If something like this sets you off so severely, there must be an underlying reason.
You don’t come across as a champion of journalism; just an angry guy who trumpets his “education” like he’s above everyone else. Especially aimed at those with a different opinion.
Please seek help.
You can read the complaint here http://kjzz.org/content/416398/arizona-diamondbacks-sue-maricopa-county-over-chase-field. The comments show how this article misleads people. It’s good to give people both sides, but adding your spin doesn’t do anything but mislead people from the facts.
Dude, are you an employee of the Diamondbacks organization? Are you crying? I’m not giving your comments rave reviews at this point, they’re actually the opposite of rave