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Preview #60: 9/27 vs. Rockies

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A D-backs fan enters Chase Field...

Python Parrot Sketch Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

ROCKIES DIAMONDBACKS
Raimel Tapia - LF Tim Locastro - LF
Josh Fuentes - 1B Ketel Marte - 2B
Charlie Blackmon - RF Christian Walker - 1B
Trevor Story - SS Kole Calhoun - RF
Elias Diaz - DH Eduardo Escobar - DH
Ryan McMahon - 3B Nick Ahmed - SS
Garrett Hampson - 2B Daulton Varsho - CF
Sam Hilliard - CF Wyatt Mathisen - 3B
Tony Wolters - C Carson Kelly - C
Kyle Freeland - LHP M. Bumgarner - LHP

Fan: ‘Ello, I wish to register a complaint.

Ken Kendrick: We’re closin’ for lunch.

Fan: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this season what I purchased not half a year ago from this very boutique.

Kendrick: Oh yes, the, uh, the 2020 Diamondbacks. What’s,uh...What’s wrong with it?

Fan: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. It’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!

Kendrick: No, no, ‘e’s uh,...it’s resting.

Fan: Look, matey, I know a dead season when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

Kendrick: No no it’s not dead, it’s, it’s restin’! Remarkable team, the 2020 D-backs, isn’t it, ay? Beautiful uniforms!

Fan: The uniforms don’t enter into it. It’s stone dead.

Kendrick: Nononono, no, no! It’s resting!

Fan: All right then, if it’s restin’, I’ll wake them up! (shouting at the cage) ‘Ello, Mister Madison Bumgarner! I’ve got a lovely fresh roping steer for you if you show...

(Kendrick hits the cage)

Kendrick: There, it moved!

Fan: No, it didn’t, that was you hitting the cage!

Kendrick: I never!!

Fan: Yes, you did!

Kendrick: I never, never did anything...

Fan: (yelling and hitting the cage repeatedly) ‘ELLO, DIAMONDBACKS!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your September alarm call!

(Takes Arizona relief corps out of the cage and thumps its head repeatedly on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)

Fan: Now that’s what I call a dead bullpen.

Kendrick: No, no.....No, they're stunned!

Fan: STUNNED?!?

Kendrick: Yeah! You stunned them, just as they were making a late run to the playoffs! Relievers stun easily, major.

Fan: Um...now look...now look, mate, I’ve definitely ‘ad enough of this. That season is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not ‘alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a lack of spring training.

Kendrick: Well, it’s...it’s, ah...probably pining for a new ballpark.

Fan: PININ’ for a new BALLPARK?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did it fall flat on his back the moment it got above .500?

Kendrick: The D-backs prefer coming from behind! Remarkable team, isn’t it, squire? Here, have a Churro Dog.

Fan: Look, I took the liberty of examining that team when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting in the dugout in the first place was that it had been NAILED there.

(pause)

Kendrick: Well, o’course it was nailed there! If I hadn’t nailed that team down, Kole Calhoun would have nuzzled up to those Dodgers, and VOOM! Feeweeweewee!

Fan: “VOOM”?!? Mate, this team wouldn’t “voom” if you put four million volts through it! It’s bleedin’ demised!

Kendrick: No no! It’s pining!

Fan: It’s not pinin’! It's passed on! This team is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed it to the dugout, it'd be pushing up the daisies! It's metabolic processes are now ‘istory! It’s off the twig! It’s kicked the bucket, it's shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-TEAM!!

(pause)

Kendrick: Well, I’d better replace it, then.

Pre-game audio from Torey Lovullo

Final Day: “I don’t feel like we played a normal season, I know it’s the last day and I can’t trick my body and my mind into thinking that it’s actually happening”

Self- Evaluation: He’s not yet gotten to the point of doing a final assessment of the job he and the coaching staff have done this year. He’ll be doing a lot of self-reflection over next several days. (Tree of Woe images went through my head listening to this part…lol).

He refused to be specific when pressed by Nick whether or not we should expect to see any changes in the coaching staff within the next few days.

What are the number 1 & 2 areas a manager positively impact the team’s outcomes? “I feel like engaging with the player, getting to know the player, talking to the players, getting to know them on such a deep level so I can evaluate them, move forward, and make good decisions on them are things that I do every single day. That’s helping me make the best decision for them, today, tomorrow, and perhaps during a game.

“The best thing I can do as a manager is I can put the player in the best position to be successful, and ask them to do what they’re capable of doing and no more, and understand what those expectations are.”

“Maybe one and two go together. Understanding and making sure the player understands who he is and what his role is, what my expectations are of him, and then putting him in the best position to have success. There’s nothing worse for me then when I put somebody in a situation where I know it’s a grinding moment and the probability of failure is very high. That’s not what I ever aim to do. At times it’s unavoidable. But I think the more I put them in the position to have success that’s the best chance their going to have for the best positive outcome.”