On April 12th, The Arizona Republic printed an article by baseball writer, and apparent would-be music critic, Joseph A. Reaves, entitled “9 years enough to shed daylight on traditions". It was primarily in regard to the Diamondbacks’ home opener, the night before, not being a day game and the lack of decent traditions accompanying said sporting events. As well as ripping on practically everything about the team and their fans, Joseph “Effin” A. “Hole” Reaves managed also to take a jab at the D’Backs’ choice of pre-game entertainment by stating that there is always a “staggeringly bad band outside the ballpark". The following was my letter to the Simon Cowell of sports writers.
Dear Mr. Reaves,
For your information, the Diamondbacks did start a grand, new tradition this year by not having a “staggeringly bad band at the bar outside the ballpark.” Instead, they hired The Chadwicks, a band that’s earned thousands of fans locally and nationally, won several awards and garnered countless accolades in it’s eleven plus year history as a beloved musical institution in the great state of Arizona. That’s right. The Chadwicks have been around longer than the Diamondbacks.
We are always proud to play outside the stadium, entertaining random baseball fans, young and old alike, as they enter and/or exit the park, as we have done many times before. The only difference being, that this was the first time we’ve played opening day and probably the last time we ever read one of your articles. You should stick to sports critique.
Dallan J. Baumgarten III, Esq.
guitarist, The Chadwicks
the band at “the bar outside the ballpark”
P.S. (Have a nice day.)
Rock Lobster will be playing at Sliders, across from Chase Field this Friday, April 14th from the end of the ninth inning (approx. 8:45) until 10:30PM. I have a feeling we’ll be dedicating some songs to Mr. Reaves.