Full disclosure: I never thought you guys could do it. Going into the season, I didn't even consider the Diamondbacks a threat - I was worried about the Rockies way more. I didn't think you had the starting pitching and I certainly didn't think you had the relief pitching to contend. Even in May and June, I thought you guys would eventually pull a 2010 Padres and fade down the stretch.
Well, that was silly. After all, Kevin Towers is your GM - the man knows bullpens. As for your pitching, that three team trade a while back seems to have worked out pretty well, eh? And, of course, you guys have Justin Upton and a very solid offense besides him. At this point, it would take a 2007 Mets-like collapse for you guys to not win the division, and I can't see that in the cards.
The Giants, well, we certainly can blame the injuries to a certain extent, but we also have some veteran problems as well - our manager and GM are addicted to them. Perhaps things would be different if we started Brandon Belt, perhaps things would be different if Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez don't go down - whatever. They aren't. You were the better team this year, and for that, congratulations.
I've been commenting on both MCC and AZ Snake Pit for the last few days, though I couldn't make it today, and let me just say that you guys are a classy group. When people from other fanbases come to our blog, I'll admit that a lot of our guys attack them - I saw none of that here (well, except for a bit of screen name bashing, but what can I say, I picked an awkward screen name). Also, it's not like you guys are the Dodgers or the Rockies - I'm OK with the Diamondbacks in general. I'll certainly be rooting for you guys if/when you play the Phillies, and if you and they get that far, I'll be rooting for you against the Red Sox and Yankees for sure (and the Angels - 2002 still stings).
As for us, I think we'll be back and better than ever next year. We'll have Posey back, Sanchez might finally be healthy (though I doubt it - his shoulder is made of swiss cheese), perhaps Bochy and Sabean will catch a whiff of common sense and start Brandon Belt every day, and even if not, maybe Aubrey Huff will do his 'every other year' thing. Maybe we'll use the money we got from selling out every game of the season (I'm serious, we have not missed a sellout yet) and sign a cool new free agent, though that strategy hasn't worked out so well in the past for us (I'd rather we just lock up our pitching and our young hitters). At some point, maybe we'll even see superprospect Gary Brown (currently tearing up High-A).
And finally, there's right now. Football season is starting. I wouldn't have given up DRC and a second round pick for Kevin Kolb, but what's done is done. I'm a huge Stanford fan, so that's nice, but as for my 49ers... well... anyone know any good books?