In the midst of this summer of discontent that the 2009 D’backs’ season, there is a glimmer of hope for the D’backs, a silver lining to Chris Young’s .174 batting average: If you sing semi-popular and outdated rock songs, they will come.
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been the annual baseball summer concert series. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But the summer baseball concert series has marked the time. This field, this game; these semi-popular rock acts: they are a part of our past. They remind us of all that once was good and that it could be again. Oh… people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.
These epic summer baseball rock shows are a yearly tradition at the BOB Chase Field. They are usually set to follow home games against uninspiring and unattractive opponents. The thought being, “hey if we throw a Jessica Simpson concert right after the game, maybe we get some extra fans here for a Tuesday night game against the Nationals?” Not the worst idea ever, I guess. They could have booked Ashlee.
First up on the docket this year is a June 13th tilt against fellow bottom feeder the Houston Astros followed by a concert by Lifehouse (or as I called them in their heyday “Creed w/out a good guitar player”). Seriously, Lifehouse? I thought management was trying to attract casual fans not turn them away. (Lifehouse fan(s), I kid because I love you.) Personally, I would add hype to the concert by advertising a special guest appearance by James Van Der Beek to throw out the first pitch and announce the band. Best part: you don’t even need the real Van Der Beek.
For those you interested in the first offering of the annual holy tradition, don’t go rushing out to the box office. You can get a free ticket to the game AND the concert AND Van Der Beek’s appearance by simply purchasing $10 worth of milk, yogurt or cheese products at Fry’s Food Stores. Just bring your receipt to the old ball game. Isn’t the depression economic downturn fun?