Arizona Diamondbacks Creating Something Special

Just who ARE these Arizona Diamondbacks?  After a thorough demolition of the Florida Marlins 15-4 this evening, we are left asking ourselves just what light switch got turned on?  These Dbacks, who have now won 13 of the past 14 games, including the last 7 games, resemble nothing and I mean nothing like the team that took the field in spring training and the first 6 weeks of the season.  The past couple of weeks have just been amazing.  Whatever it is, it seems to be the start of something special.  You can thank in part manager Kirk Gibson for that.  He has created the atmosphere and the positive attitudes.
Just a look at the stats from tonight’s game:

Justin Upton, 5-5, 3 RBI, 2B, HR

Kelly Johnson, 4-6, 3 RBI, 2 HR, 2B, 3B

Miguel Montero, 3-5, 5 RBI, HR

15 runs, 19 hits.  5 HR. Amazing, just amazing.  They only fell one hit shy of tying the franchise record for hits in a single game.  Kelly Johnson fell one hit shy of the cycle.  The pitching wasn’t spectacular tonight, but it didn’t need to be.  It just needed to be serviceable and it was.

Whatever light switch got turned on, I want it.  This is a ride that I hope lasts all season and beyond.  Some of these guys such as Stephen Drew,  Justin Upton, Juan Miranda, are now showing what the Dbacks got them for.  I can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that.


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  • Walt

    The Diamondbacks are playing great (and I mean great) baseball because of one person–Kirk Gibson. The D-Backs finally have a manager that understands the game, knows how to get the most out of his players, and most important he knows how to win. The D-Backs maynot win the series, but anyone who plays them will have there work cut out.

  • Scott Allen

    So true Walt, although I don’t think Melvin and Hinch’s problem was not understanding the game. Their problem was the atmosphere they created. Their ability to lead was questioned. The passion for the game and the ability to motivate….that’s what was missing, especially from Hinch. Something worked with Melvin at one point, but he lacked a passion Gibson clearly has and that rubs off on others.