Over the weekend, columnist Dan Bickley at azcentral.com posted an article relaying a recent interview with Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. You can read the piece in its entirety by clicking here. In it, Kendrick gave an evaluation of sorts about the state of the organization and the 2013 season. He said that he was “frustrated” with how the season has played out but is “not discouraged” about the future. Kendrick also went on to say that he has faith in GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson and that while the Dodgers are “the West Coast Yankees,” he is “not afraid to compete with them.” Encouraging words indeed from the man who steers the ship.
So are you, the D-Back fan, frustrated with how things have gone this season. My answer is this: it depends.
That answer appears to be a cop-out. I actually like to call it multi-layered. Yes, the season has been frustrating at times, particularly when in some games the bullpen coughs up lead after lead and in other contests, the offense is downright feeble. Those are all aggravating items, to be sure. However, when reflecting on the season as a whole, I can’t say that I am frustrated. At 67-63, the record is about at what I thought it would be. I didn’t think they would win the division and would not capture either wild-card spot. If you don’t believe me, click here. We tend to reflect and express ourselves more demonstratively when things go bad, but you also have to remember that some unexpected good things that have taken place as well. For example, you can say more was expected from the bullpen. That is fine, but did you ever think in your wildest dreams Paul Goldschmidt could be this good so quickly? I would have given another season before he broke out like this. The starting rotation has mostly underachieved but there is no way any of us saw this coming from Patrick Corbin. If you are like me, you can’t be too upset with how 2013 has gone. If you had the D-Backs winning 90 games and making the playoffs, then I can see how annoyed you might be.
I like the fact Ken Kendrick is both frustrated and optimistic. He states more revenue will be coming in and that he is willing to increase the payroll. While we are disappointed there will probably not be playoff baseball for the D-Backs, I too, share the positive feelings of the owner. Perhaps my optimism clouds the reality. What do you think?