The National League West leaders are rounding 3rd and heading for home! Here it is September 1st and there is only one percentage point separating the leaders. The Diamondbacks and Padres are pounding each other like heavyweight prize fighters in the late rounds while the Dodgers and Rockies are lingering within more than reasonable striking distance. So here comes September as the doorstep to post season October.
In the midst of this season’s awesome and intense competition one thing is for sure: the Diamondbacks are for real. Taking a look at why they are so much fun to follow starts a the top and trickles all the way to the ground crew. Everyone I have met or observed with the D-Backs has been first class. The management team has done more than change the colors, they have radically changed direction. It is an organization with a winning attitude from the top down. That is why the Diamondbacks remain the favorite in the West and beyond. Derrick Hall, Josh Byrnes, their staff and certainly the managing partners have set the pace. On the field the strongest contribution to a strong September is Bob Melvin. His demeanor is steady, intelligent and intuitive. Manager Melvin has this team positioned for a strong September.
There are great kids on this team, but the veterans are anchors. Tony Clark, Orlando Hudson, Livan Hernandez and the soul of this club, Eric Byrnes consistently provide a passion and platform on how to play the game right. Brandon Webb,Micah Owings, Stephen Drew and the refreshing Mark Reynolds and the talented Chris Young are all high caliber, mentally tough, great attitude team players. The whole roster is made up of men who are willing to lay out for the team. It is no accident the Diamondbacks are rounding 3rd and heading for home in the burning hot NL West!