This weekend’s series does not reflect well onKirk Gibson
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I apologize in advance if I let my emotions get the better of me. What we have witnessed over the last four days from the Arizona Diamondbacks was a complete and total failure from top to bottom. From the moment Wilin Rosario‘s ball bounced off the planet Jupiter Thursday night to Tuffy Gosewisch‘s swinging strikeout to end Sunday’s game, D’back fans saw such horrendous baseball, that they have every right to tune out the last six games of the season. After all, the team officially now has the worst record in baseball.
I mean, how many times do I have to write, “Vidal Nuno, still looking for his D’back win”? Or, “Trevor Cahill failed to get through six innings”? How about, “the Snakes had nine hits but managed to score only three times”? Arizona lost the final three games of this series by a combined score of 28 to 7. That’s a football score, folks. I recorded the last four innings of Thursday night’s game and watched it early Friday morning. Here I thought, finally, FINALLY, Nuno would get his first National League win. Then came Addison Reed, who managed to lose a game on consecutive days. I suppose I should have known better. Even at game #153, in a wretched season, I sat in stunned disbelief as the Rockies celebrated. It got so bad that I put it back to the moment right before Rosario’s blast and asked my nine-year old son, “Guess what happens next” after I set up the situation for him. Of course, he, without hesitation, said, “two-run homer”. Then came Friday’s debacle when Michael Cuddyer more than doubled the RBI output by the D’backs’ offense. Saturday and Sunday were more of the same and the D’backs were, to put it kindly, listless. The Rockies seemed to relish the opportunity to take a season’s worth of frustrations out on a hapless opponent. I know there are D’back fans out there that have followed them a lot longer and a lot more closely as I have. I am sick over watching this awful display of baseball. What must they be thinking?
I don’t want to say this team quit after Thursday. I don’t think that’s fair. However, what do you say after a performance like that? Will the D’backs drop the final six games to lose 100 on the season? Is the report (which I wrote about Ken Rosenthal’s tweet implying Kirk Gibson has been tuned out by the players) true? Given what we saw, perhaps that is true. That is just the manager. I hope the players on the 2014 Diamondbacks are just as angry about this campaign as the fans are. If not, perhaps Tony LaRussa should weed them out of the organization.