The Diamondbacks are toughing it out in the National League division. They are a few games behind first place right now and show no signs of letting up on the competition. Their acquisitions of strong pitching and some clutch hitting have blended together to make a championship caliber team and all of us in Arizona are excited to see if we make the playoffs this year. On top of getting some stellar talent on the field, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been making moves off the field also. Some of the most notable off field moves have been the acquisition of a top notch hitting instructor and a psychology coach to help the players with their mental performances. So what do the Diamondbacks need to do to make the 2016 playoffs?
We’ve covered the fact that talent is not lacking on this team. Working together as a team however has been a bit of a challenge this season. When it comes to fielding, you can tell the pitching staff gets upset on the mound when their players make an error. According to ESPN.com, the D’Backs have one of the highest error percentages in the league. As a former baseball player, pitcher to be specific, I can vouch for how frustrating it can be when you’re making great pitches but your defense fails you out on the field. The key that all great pitching staffs have in common is that they don’t get upset. You have to have a short memory in this game to really succeed and when you get down and visually upset on the mound, it kind of sets the tone for the rest of the team. In baseball, when your teammate makes a mistake, you’ve got to pick them up! You can’t mope around on the mount, you have to get right back into focusing on the next pitch. If the Diamondbacks can learn how to deal with their frustrations and work better as a team, they might have a great chance at making the playoffs. The fans in Arizona are very loyal to their team and want them to succeed. If the players can grasp this and roll with that energy and pick up some momentum, they very well could become unstoppable.
My predictions for the Diamondbacks this season are that they will make the playoffs but will lose in the second round. I know you die hard baseball fans living in Arizona are not going to want to hear this… but it’s how I feel. I hope they prove me wrong and end up with a championship, but we’ll have to see how it goes. To comment on how you think the Diamondbacks are going to do this year, please contact us here. If you like to play golf when you’re not watching baseball, we just covered an awesome story about recreational golf in the Phoenix metro area, so be sure to check that out. In the meantime, us Arizona sports writers hope you have a great day and enjoy some sports in the desert.
Golfing is one of America’s favorite past times. I think it officially over took baseball since Tiger Woods started making golf cool. Luckily for us Arizona residents, there are hundreds and hundreds of golf courses to choose from when we want to get out there and play. Phoenix is home to some of the most exclusive golf courses in the country but the good news is for us lower budget folks, there’s plenty of options for around $30. I wanted to take the time to review a few of my favorite golf courses in Phoenix. I’ll cover a few that are really low priced and beautiful, to some of the more exclusive and expensive courses out there.
After living in Scottsdale, Arizona for 4 years, I got to know the local golf courses pretty well. One of my favorite courses is Continental. Continental is a short golf course (par 60 to be exact) but boasts some par 4’s where you can bust your driver out, which is always fun! Last time I played Continental, it was on a Sunday. Now, I hate Sunday golf just as much as the next person because of the slow pace, but for $25, I thought it was well worth it to play this course. The good news is that the people in front of us were playing quickly enough that we didn’t have to wait very much. One pitfall with this course is that there’s no Marshall driving around to speed players up so if you do get stuck behind someone that takes forever, you’re shit outta’ luck.
About 20 minutes north of Continental, is the Camelback Golf Course in Paradise Valley. There are 2 courses located here, Padre and Ambiente. Padre is a shorter course with scenic landscapes all around. Ambiente is the prettier of the 2 courses but it plays really long, and really tough. There are tons of desert bushes around this course so if you miss to the left or right, you’re probably going to have to take a drop which makes this course really challenging. You can get some great discounts during the summer for around $30 per round but during season you’re more likely to pay around $79 minimum all the way up to $149.
Lookout Mountain is one of my favorite courses but also one of the hardest. This is an extremely tight course weaved up and around the desert mountains. Some holes have 300 foot drop offs which is quite exciting and also very challenging. I played this course last Sunday for $31 which I thought was a steal and I would gladly pay again. We’d love to hear from you golfers out there, so please tell us about your favorite courses here. To learn more about our team of sports fanatics you can click here to get to know us better. We hope you enjoy our sports blog, thank you for reading.
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