First off, I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our team and its management for providing us with one of the most memorable, fun seasons we've had in a LONG LONG TIME...also, to Jim and all of the creative minds here at Snakepit, for the stories, the fun, humorous .gif creations, the camaraderie each member has with one another...for the fond memories and good times...and of course, for all of my fellow fans here at the 'Pit...EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ARE AWESOME!!!
It's been a fantastic year, full of laughter (Gibby's stumble over first base during infield drills, Joe Saunders stepping in Justin Upton's bubble gum while going to the plate for an at-bat), and also tears (Stephen Drew's season-ending injury, Derrick Hall's announcement that he has prostate cancer)...we've seen some amazing talent join the team (Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, Jarrod Parker) and some who we had no choice but to bid farewell to due to not living up to expectations (Aaron Heilman, Melvin Mora, Russell Branyan, Esmerling Vasquez, Kelly Johnson)...we've had the Injury Bug hit us unexpectedly (Stephen Drew, Xavier Nady, Geoff Blum, Jason Marquis, Juan Gutierrez), and we've also had a resurgence of a player's baseball career (Sean Burroughs)...we enjoyed a reunion with the 2001 World Series Championship team and a return to the original team colors during reunion weekend...we saw a player become superhero status in the form of TATMAN (Ryan Roberts) and the first-ever tattooed Diamondbacks Bobblehead (Ryan Roberts), a few AMAZING GRAND SLAMS, STELLAR starting pitching, including a 21-game winner & potential Cy Young candidate (Ian Kennedy), and 2 of our own be honored as All Stars (Miguel Montero & Justin Upton)...we also hosted the All Star Game & all its festivities...and, we also had a new, beautiful Spring Training home open this year for our Diamondbacks and NL WEST brothers, the Colorado Rockies...Salt River Fields. I would say we have had A LOT of wonderful, bittersweet things happen this year!
ALL of these things were significant in The Season That Was: Your 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks. I'm interested in what 2012 will bring for our team.