If you’re one of our five six readers, you’ve noticed I’ve yet to say much about the D-Backs this season. Since this is an Arizona Sports Blog and all, I suppose I should toss in a few cents (maybe two…maybe even three). So here they are: I cannot stand the 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks.
Trust me, I’d really like to be into this. The Cards season is still 4 months away, the Suns broke my heart, and as Sgt. Zim frequently reminds us all, college football doesn’t kick-off for another 119 days. The D-Backs were going to be my oasis in what promised to be a long and slow sporting summer. I had designs on watching the home team duke it out with the Dodgers in a protracted and exciting pennant race. Then a few things happened:
- Brandon Webb went down. Here’s a tip: shoulder injuries + baseball pitchers = NHL + Southwestern United States city (too soon?). Just pack it in for the season, Webby.
- None of the young hitters developed in the slightest. For a few years now the D-Backs hung their hats on the fact that they had a stable of good, young bats on the way up. Mark Reynolds (.267) , Conor Jackson (.205) , Chris Young (.174), Justin Upton (.274), Chad Tracy (.236), Stephen Drew (.205), and Chris Snyder (.196) were each supposed to contribute something around now. At least one or two was supposed to turn into a big-time home-run threat; none of them have. The best young hitters of the bunch play for the White Sox (Carlos Quentin) and Marlins (Emilio Bonifacio).
- The D-Backs did almost nothing in the off-season (sorry Jon Garland). The complete lack of activity was disheartening at best and depressing at worst. I suppose this inactivity should have warned me that the crap-fest that is the ’09 season was coming, but I convinced myself that the front office knew something I didn’t.
- The Dodgers got really good. Apparently having baseball players that can pitch and hit well is a key to a successful baseball season (memo to Josh Byrnes).
Thus here we are: it’s May 5th and the season feels over. After getting waxed in a pair of games by the Dodgers, the D-Backs are currently sitting in 4th place (11-16 record), 8.5 games back of those same Dodgers. I’d say my favorite part of the D-Backs season to this point was my colleague Louie Renown’s running diary.
A brief anecdote before I close: the other day as I was driving home there were 2 local sports talk radio interviews going on at the same time. KTAR had D-Backs pitcher Dan Haren while XTRA 910 had Cardinals 6th round draft pick Will Davis. I opted to take in the interview with Davis, a college defensive end who will at best be a back-up linebacker by 2010. Those are the 2009 Diamondbacks. Enjoy the summer, people.