There are no guarantees in life except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin said something to that effect. Joe Namath guaranteed the Jets would beat the Colts in Super Bowl III. Mark Messier guaranteed the Rangers would beat the Devils in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. Outside of those magic moments there are have been hundreds of guarantees that have either been proven incorrect or have fallen on deaf ears because well, there seems to be one guarantee made a week in professional sports. So allow me to venture in these choppy waters.
Based on performance alone, bringing back Bloomquist makes perfect sense. I understand this has been an injury-plagued season for him and he will be 36 in November but the production is still there. He is hitting .341 in 126 at-bats this season after hitting .302 in 324 at-bats in 2012. Bloomy is the perfect utility guy and believe me, I don’t use that in a derogatory manner. He is able to play all over the infield and be effective playing only once or twice per week. Bloomquist’s toughness and versatility is exactly the type of player that the organization loves. Off the field, the Phoenix-area native has thrown himself behind various charitible causes in the area which resulted in him being the D-Backs nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award. His work with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital can be chronicled here.
Every winning team has a Willie Bloomquist on the roster. The D-Backs are lucky enough to have the real thing. Here’s hoping we see Willie playing his home games at Chase Field for the rest of his career.