It may be time to fold up the D-Backs flag, and break out your Carson Palmer jersey to root for another Arizona sports team. I realize nobody likes the Arizona Cardinals, but I’m just using them for the sake of this post. If the fat lady wasn’t warming up her vocal chords last week, she certainly is now. Arizona is 7 GB in the wild-card race but it feels like more, doesn’t it? The Diamondbacks had ample opportunities to make a run this year, but it just didn’t happen. Let’s just put a bow on this season, and call it good.
Think back to your days in grade school. Remember during the last couple weeks before summer break, and the school just was plain? Teachers were taking down posters and it seemed like everything was just coming to a halt. That’s how I feel with the D-Backs right now – there’s just a blandness and a sense of finality. The only thing that is preventing me from being completely bummed out with the Diamondbacks is the fact that October baseball will soon be here, and as a fan, that excites me. It is going to be really easy to blame this season on injuries, but the fact of the matter is that the performance from healthy players just wasn’t there. Actually, it was there, but it was too inconsistent throughout the lineup. Arizona is sitting basically at .500 against teams currently under .500. In case you didn’t understand that strangely worded sentence, it means Arizona didn’t play well against bad teams. Plain and simple.
I think my favorite game(s) this year was the entire series against Baltimore a few weeks back. That was fun! That type of series makes you happy to be a fan of the sport. That being said, I did thoroughly enjoy the bad blood with the Dodgers, because we all love drama, don’t we? It’s been an interesting year for the Snakes, but there are some good takeaways that should help build this team (fingers crossed). I hate to sound like a Debbie Downer, but I think we can all agree that this season is probably reaching its’ culmination. Arizona has three more against the Giants, then it’s off to L.A. for more games against the Dodgers.
Hopefully all of my thoughts are wrong and the D-Backs make a historic run, but until then, at least we have football. As the kids say: It’s been real, it’s been fun. It’s been real fun.