|Ketel Marte - 2B||Kyle Schwarber - DH|
|Corbin Carroll - CF||Trea Turner - SS|
|Gabriel Moreno - C||Bryce Harper - 1B|
|Christian Walker - 1B||Alec Bohm - 3B|
|Tommy Pham - RF||Bryson Stott - 2B|
|Lourdes Gurriel - LF||J.T. Realmuto - C|
|Evan Longoria - DH||Nick Castellanos - RF|
|Emmanuel Rivera - 3B||Brandon Marsh - LF|
|Geraldo Perdomo - SS||Johan Rojas - CF|
|Brandon Pfaadt - RHP||Ranger Suarez - LHP|
Of course, today - the biggest day in Diamondbacks fandom in the history of the SnakePit, since we weren’t around in 2001 - would be the day that SB Nation decided to drop out of service for two and a half hours. Hence, this Gameday Thread is being written at high speed, and will likely be rather shorter than usual. Mind you, it’s difficult to know what to say about this situation, without sounds like I’m auditioning for Anchorman. If you’re not a fan of cliches, you probably want to stay well away from TBS’s broadcast of the game. Personally, I might listen to the radio, and try to figure out the delay situation, since it could possibly be Greg Schulte’s final game as the D-backs’ radio play-by-play guy.
Or, alternatively, it’s possible he could end his career on the grandest stage of them all. That’s be better than Al McCoy, whose 51-year run covering the Suns ended a few months ago, but did not get to go out with such a bang. Schulte has, at least, been able to describe his team winning it all. That was the last time the D-backs played a Game 7, back in the 2001 season, a game which will never be forgotten by anyone who watched it - whether at the park or anywhere else. Schulte’s call of the Luis Gonzalez bloop single that won it all, has become an iconic part of Diamondbacks’ lore. Maybe - just maybe - there will be a moment tonight that gets etched in Sedona red sandstone the same way.
And Brandon Pfaadt is on the mound for the D-backs in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Just like we all expected in spring training. The team’s ace, a legitimate Cy Young candidate for much of the year, Zac Gallen, has gone 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in the series. But somehow, Arizona has still managed to go toe-to-toe with Philadelphia through six games, forcing this winner-take-all match-up. Pfaadt could become a baseball legend, on a night where there are bound to be both heroes and villains, and we can only wait to see how things may fall. Will there be another chapter in the unexpected story of the 2023 D-backs? Or is that all the baseball gods will write? We’ll find out in the next few hours.