You have questions. @DHallDbacks has answers. Tweet him your questions using #DHallChat and he'll start answering them at 2pm MST.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) February 6, 2014
As many companies have found out to their cost, this is the kind of thing which can quickly turn into a PR fiasco - just ask JP Morgan. There was never any real risk of such a snarkpocalypse being unleashed on Hall, and most of the questions he didn't address were... well, let's be honest, as gently bland as the ones he got to. Still, there were a few which I will endeavor to answer, in Hall's apparent absence. There may be slightly more cynicism here. :)
@Dbacks @DHallDbacks #DHallChat do you like okra?— jason (@ArtOfJason) February 6, 2014
Er... No? The same person immediately followed up with "what's the deal with beets?" Maybe it makes more sense if you say it in a Jerry Seinfeld voice? "What is the deal with beets?" Nope, not really. However, that did actually get a reply from Derrick: "My wife makes me drink them for blood pressure treatment. Gross. Earthy." Who knew.
@DHallDbacks #DHallChat Will we ever get red pinstripes in our uniforms? They would look great with our current color scheme!— Jason C. (@jcle99) February 6, 2014
I'm kinda torn about that as an idea. Part of me associates pin-stripes too much with the Yankees, even though it was actually the Cubs who were first to use them (so long ago, their last World Series win was still in the future!). But a little more variety might not be a bad thing: I guess it'd probably depend on the execution. If you want a vague idea, here are the White Sox with a similar concept from 1972.
@DHallDbacks what are the chances of seeing a jersey # retired this season? Are the DBacks considering having a Ring of Honor? #DHallchat— Scott Shipley (@sarrott) February 6, 2014
The obvious name here is Randy Johnson, but if I had to guess, his number won't be retired this season. The explanation for that is, he's going to be on the Hall of Fame ballot next time, and unless something really bizarre happens, he'll be going in to Cooperstown in July 2015. I would not be surprised to see his number be retired by the D-backs in that summer instead. As for a "Ring of Honor", I think it'd be pretty sparse at this point. Maybe in another 15 years or so.
Unclear on the concept, #1
#DHallChat hey Mr hall I'm a huge dbacks fan and I was wondering could I have a baseball signed by one of the players?— Frankie Marcinowski⚾ (@baseballpro27) February 6, 2014
@DHallDbacks I I sent my ? In Mr Hall— Frankie Marcinowski⚾ (@baseballpro27) February 6, 2014
#DHallChat Mr hall dis u see my ?s— Frankie Marcinowski⚾ (@baseballpro27) February 6, 2014
#DHallChat Idk why I try on these things no one ever answers me— Frankie Marcinowski⚾ (@baseballpro27) February 6, 2014
#DHallChat Mr hall can I get my Baseball?— Frankie Marcinowski⚾ (@baseballpro27) February 6, 2014
#DHallChat Mr hall can I have a plain Baseball it don't have to be signed ?— Frankie Marcinowski⚾ (@baseballpro27) February 6, 2014
@DHallDbacks Mr hall I'm sorry I asked for the baseball— Frankie Marcinowski⚾ (@baseballpro27) February 6, 2014
What I like about the saga above, is how it's almost the Kubler-Ross model in Tweets: the five stages of grief. there's denial, anger, bargaining and finally acceptance. Of course, he might have had more chance of getting something if, in between the last two Tweets, he wasn't sucking up to Taijuan Walker and proclaiming what a "big fan" he was of the Mariners! Reminds me very much of a certain dickhead ball-hawk from 2013, who'd switch hats for another Prrrrreshusssss...
@DHallDbacks What kind of Taco Bell commercials can we expect out of @miggymont26 this season? #WeLoveTacosToo #DHallChat— Kevin Collinge (@XKevage) February 6, 2014
If Mrs. SnakePit has her way, none at all. She is of the firm belief that too much media exposure is bad for a player - Exhibit A being The Eric Byrnes Show. The final tally for 2013? Number of times we saw Montero interviewed after a fictitious, game-winning, three-run homer: eleven billion (approximately). Number of actual three-run homers hit by Montero: 2. Both came in blowouts and added less than 1% to our win probability. So: no more adverts, please. I have to sit next to Mrs. SnakePit on the couch.
Curt and to the point
@DHallDbacks I know news of Schilling is fresh but how about an 'ALS Day' or something in his honor? Won here 1st. #DHallChat— Brian Sexton (@Brian_Sexton) February 6, 2014
In case you hadn't heard, Curt Schilling announced the other day that he has cancer - type and severity not specified. It might indeed be a nice thing to do for him [the mention of ALS at first puzzled me, then I remembered he has been a big supporter of the ALS Association, helping fund-raise for it]. Of course, I've never quite forgiven the man for referring to his 2001 World Series title as "the B-ring." But holding that grudge seems kinda churlish now.
Heading straight to the vital issues.
@DHallDbacks How come on Star Wars night all I see are MALE versions of Princess Leia and no females portraying the part?! #DHallChat #Funny— Kevin Colby (@RealKevinColby) February 6, 2014
Your ARIZONA Diamondbacks...
.@DHallDbacks What are you planning on doing to reach out to fans outside the #Phoenix area? Flagstaff? Tucson? Yuma? Nogalas? #DHallChat— Clair Wyant (@ClairDogg) February 6, 2014
I think that's a good question. Previous years have seen things like spring training games in Tucson, or the "Hometown Tour" they used to do, where some players and coaches would go to outlying areas of the state. This year, there seems to be little or nothing of that kind: I suspect probably the fact the team are going to Australia has knocked any such hopes on the head, but I do get the feeling (justified or not) that the team seems very much Phoenix-centered. Remembering the "Arizona" bit of their title a bit more might be no bad thing.
Unclear on the concept, #2
@DHallDbacks #DHallChat When will you play Oakland? Central Cali fan here, and Giants tickets are waaaaay more expensive.— Robert Leal (@Rowboytoe) February 6, 2014
Wrong division. Hell, wrong league. But let's just move over to the American League to pacify one fan. Next!
@DHallDbacks What are your expectations from Archie bradley this year and years to come. Thank you for all you do. #DHallChat— 12th man in Az (@DavidDuffey) February 6, 2014
Showing up a good hour and three-quarters after the chat had ended But we appreciate the effort. I'm thinking we will see Bradley later this season, but not on Opening Day. As for what to expect in the years to come? I'm hoping he'll rival Brandon Webb for the title of best pitcher in team history to come through the farm system. Of course, it's still all in the future, but we can dream, can't we? I do want to echo the final sentiment. As noted, not many team presidents would open their doors to the Twitterverse in this way, and I think the generally respectful tone of the Tweets showed fans very much appreciated it. Here's to another one, from which we can hijack more questions!