Well, I guess it was bound to happen. On Sept. 17, the Arizona Diamondbacks lost their 100th game of the 2021 season. They did it in embarrassing fashion, which is no surprise, given this outfit. They took the Houston Astros into extra-innings at Minute Maid Park. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, the D-Backs’ Tyler Clippard hit the Astros’ Chad McCormick with a pitch and Yordan Alvarez scored to win the game.
How often do you see this, a walk-off hit-by-pitch? Leave it to the D-Backs to pull it off.
The following evening, Saturday, Sept. 18, the D-Backs battled the Astros to a 3-3 tie at the end of nine innings. Kole Calhoun had an RBI single in the top of the 10th to put the D-Backs ahead, 4-3. Daulton Varsho homered to increase the lead to 6-3. The Astros could muster only one run in the bottom of the 10th, and the D-Backs won, 6-4.
That’s the trouble with this team this year. Just when you’re ready to write them off as a bad comedy act, they do something that looks brilliant. Just when you’re getting excited about them again, they’re back to bungling.
I suspect the Dingbats are increasing the revenue of bars and liquor stores around the state.
At least they haven’t had anyone do the sort of things Marvelous Marvin Throneberry did with the ’62 New York Mets. You may recall he hit a triple and was called out because he didn’t touch first or second.
Maybe I shouldn’t give the D-Backs any ideas this late in the season.
As far as team stats go, as of this writing, the D-Backs are batting .234 as a team. That’s not good, considering they play half their games in Chase Field, one of the most notorious hitters’ parks in Major League Baseball. Only the Pirates, Marlins, Cubs, Rangers and Mariners have a lower team average.
The D-Backs have scored 614 runs, 25th in the big leagues. Only the Mets, Orioles, Pirates, Marlins and Rangers have scored fewer runs.
The pitching has been even worse. The D-Backs 5.15 ERA is the second highest only to the Orioles’ 5.91 ERA.
If the D-Backs’ 2021 season were a movie, it would be “Plan Nine from Outer Space.” It would be featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
I’d love to have Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets provide color commentary for this team.
I guess the entire 2021 season should be written off as a snake-stomping session for the National League.
I’m thinking the D-Backs need change from the top down. They’re becoming a case study in how not to run a baseball franchise. I mentioned before they’re reminding me of Rick Grimes, the one-time protagonist on television’s longest running train wreck, “The Walking Dead.”
Leadership experts have had choice words to describe Rick, including “idiot” and “moron.” His plans almost always got people killed. It was said that, to be a good leader, one should do the opposite of whatever Rick did.
Rick left the series in Season Nine. A herd of zombies threatened a bridge that was being built to establish trade routes between the communities of surviving humans. Rick tried lure the herd away from the bridge, but his plan backfired. So, how did he destroy the herd? He did it by blowing up the very bridge he was trying to protect in the first place!
If that doesn’t sound like how the D-Backs management does things.
Well, I guess I can start thinking about the 2022 season. I will be a wise man and not get my hopes up. That seems like a good idea.