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March 3, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Long Night


Joe Sheehan

Joe recaps the 10 1/2-hour marathon that was his fantasy draft.

Nevertheless, that's how I spent my Wednesday. The Rotowire Staff League auction and minor-league draft, held via an online messaging service, ran from 3:30 until nearly 2 a.m. Pacific time. That might not have been such a big deal, but due to a problem at Rotowire world headquarters, I ended up as point person for the last 2½ hours of it, a role for which I'm ill-equipped by temperament. Toss in a road trip to Phoenix--that's where this is being written--and it's been a long 48 hours.

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March 13, 2003 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Desert Doodles, Part II


Joe Sheehan

Dennis Tankersley falls further behind in the Padres' arms race. Jack Cust's journey from the next Jim Thome to Chris Richard bait. Steve Reed: Best Rockies pitcher ever? And Joe Sheehan would never taunt readers with stories of 80-degree sunshine, would he?

I closed out my brief trip to Arizona by returning to the scene of my first spring training game last year. Phoenix Municipal Park absolutely lives up to its name: seats, bleachers, a ballfield and a view of the desert. The press box is a concrete bunker that, when the between-innings music plays, serves as a nasty reminder that maybe, just maybe, it could be too loud, and maybe, just maybe, I could be too old.

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March 14, 2001 12:00 am

Derek in the Desert


Derek Zumsteg

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On my last day in Arizona, my brother and I decided to see a game in Tempe, which would let me catch a fourth game and still make my flight out of town from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ("The Airport With the Needlessly Long Name"). Phoenix is about a two-hour drive from Tucson, along a two-lane highway that's filled with slow-moving trucks, aggressive SUV drivers, speed traps, and roadside memorials for people killed while drunk driving. The bridges over dry creeks have huge signs that read "No Parking on Bridge," which is strange, as there's no place to park and no reason to park there.

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