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Arizona Diamondbacks Play of the Decade Poll

I couldn’t bring myself to cut it to five. So here are six from which you can choose.

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In the end, we have three on each of the hitting and fielding sides. Two got to bypass the qualifying round (Roberts’ grand-slam and Bradley’s triple), but both of those were hitting, so I had to go defense heavy among the qualifiers. Excellent cases were made for two plays from the 2011 NLDS against the Brewers. Even though I’d generally prefer to avoid having half the field from one season), I couldn’t omit either in good conscience! A play by Nick Ahmed - basically any one - had to be included, as the team’s best defender of the decade. And outside of those, Dyson’s robbery of Upton was the most-rec’d defensive play. [J.D. Martinez’s four-HR game will show up in the Performance of the Year category, never fear!]

So, here are the six candidates for your consideration...

September 27, 2011: Ryan Roberts never says die

They don’t get much more ultimate than this grand-slam, coming as it did in extra-innings with his team trailing by three runs and down to their final out. It is now the only such slam in the majors for more than forty years. The most amazing comeback in franchise history was set up by Los Angeles taking a 6-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning. Two outs in the bottom half quickly followed. But two singles, two walks and an error brought Roberts to the plate as the potential winning run. And he delivered off Javy Guerra, sending the ball into the left-field bleachers. What better way to celebrate a win over the Dodgers, than by imitating Kirk Gibson as you round the bases?

October 4, 2011: Hello, my name is Paul Goldschmidt

[Nominated by Jack Sommers] “It was a great beginning for the future of the franchise to come through with a huge blast in the postseason. This one is burned into my memory because I was watching the game at Buffalo Wild Wings with my friends so there was no audio. Before the pitch the catcher and pitcher had a meeting on the mound about how to approach him. I was being goofy talking out loud as if I was them talking to each other. It was something along the lines of the catcher saying, just throw him a meatball. Pitcher says no, and keeps shaking his head. Come on, just throw one right down the middle… After convincing him and getting back to the action, the next pitch is the meatball and the pitcher tosses his glove in the air. It was perfection.”

October 7, 2011: Chris Young saves the Division Series (temporarily)

[Nominated by Diamondhacks] “It’s not the most athletic play in this bunch, maybe it’s not the best….but it might be the baddest., because of when it happened. Bottom of the sixth, a tied, elimination game in a bitterly contested NLDS. Brewers with runners on, threatening to ice it. The scorched low liner directly behind you is every CFer’s nightmare. And if you miss this one, it’s not just the game. The season is basically over. This catch reminds me of Hemingway’s “grace under pressure”. It’s a player’s play. Fans tend to remember the game winners. But players know how hard this is when everyone’s hopes are riding on your one moment’s expertise. Watch the players. IPK, Parra, Braun, Hairston. They know it’s bad.”

April 17, 2016: Nick Ahmed does a Nick Ahmed thing

[Nominated by Michael McDermott] As I (Jim) noted in the article, the problem is picking one Nick Ahmed play out of the dozens of apex-level web-gems he has delivered over the decade. There’s no denying he has been the best defender the team has had during the 2010s, playing one of the most difficult positions with admirable skill on an everyday basis. But his ability to make the difficult look easy, and the impossible no more than somewhat tricky, might explain why this season was the first and only time Ahmed took home the SnakePit’s play of the year award. But it’s impossible to conceive of a Play of the Decade poll without Ahmed being present, such has been the quality of his fielding.

October 4, 2017: Archie Bradley creates post-season history

The first and only “winner take all” playoff game for the D-backs in Phoenix since Game 7 of the 2001 World Series delivered more insanity than anyone could want. Starting pitchers gone by the middle of the fourth, it turned into a heavyweight boxing match. Arizona had been six runs up, but by the bottom of the seventh, were clinging desperately to a one-run lead. Needing Bradley to get more outs, Torey Lovullo let him hit for himself with two men on and two down. The pitcher delivered the first-EVER post-season triple by a reliever, driving in both runners to give Arizona the three-run cushion they’d have, when they eventually emerged victorious. No-one will forget where they were when this hit happened.

June 18, 2018: What does Jarrod Dyson say to the god of J-Up? “Not today...”

[Nominated by suroeste] “(Note – I’ve always really liked Upton when he was with the Dbacks… nothing against him here.) Bases loaded, one out, Upton swings and carries the bat away from himself like, “Yeah, that’s gone.” Angels take off around the bases thinking the game is there’s at this point... That was an incredible play; absolutely incredible by Dyson.” Even it wasn’t quite the double-play suroeste thought (the runners on second and third tagged up and advanced), it was still an immaculately smooth play. Justin Upton’s reaction, to having a potentially game-tying hit taken away through the speed of Mr. Zoombiya was priceless.

Poll

What was the D-backs play of the 2010?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    September 27, 2011: Ryan Roberts never says die
    (55 votes)
  • 10%
    October 4, 2011: Hello, my name is Paul Goldschmidt
    (22 votes)
  • 5%
    October 7, 2011: Chris Young saves the Division Series (temporarily)
    (11 votes)
  • 3%
    April 17, 2016: Nick Ahmed does a Nick Ahmed thing
    (7 votes)
  • 52%
    October 4, 2017: Archie Bradley creates post-season history
    (108 votes)
  • 0%
    June 18, 2018: What does Jarrod Dyson say to the god of J-Up? "Not today..."
    (2 votes)
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