While the season has been less than triumphant for the Diamondbacks, there remain certain parts of exhilaration.
Their record in extra innings games is note-worthy, and the ability to manufacture walk-off victories is tops in the major leagues.
As the schedule winds down to the last two and one-half weeks, there is still time for the D-backs to add to these impressive marks.
For starters, here’s a team with 11 walk-off wins and a frenzied celebration thereafter.
Commenced and orchestrated by Martin Prado, this merriment has all the trappings for a Celebration-Gone-Wild.
Prado started his escapade last season while with Atlanta and now in Arizona, his method of operation seems out of control.
This exclamation point needs a name and no better way to identify his madness than with a Prado Fiesta.
During his moment of ecstasy, Prado showers the walk-off receiptant with dirt, water, a bucket of bubble gum and whatever else he can reach. The result is a sloppy mixture which irritates the skin and the soul.
“I can’t wait for (Prado) to get a walk-off,” said Willie Bloomquist, after his 10th inning walk-off single Sept. 4 beat Toronto. “Pay-back is, well, you know.”
For some unknown reason, the Diamondbacks save their baseball for dramatic moments.
Coming into Tuesday night’s game with the Dodgers in Los Angeles, they lead the majors in walk-off wins and tied with Atlanta with most comeback victories. Their 31 wins at their last time at-bats leads the majors and they set a franchise record for most extra innings games (22).
Of the extra inning games, three notable should be remembered.
In game three of the season, Cliff Pennington laced a single in the 16th inning to score Jason Kubel and the D-backs defeated St. Louis 10-9 in the longest game in terms of time (5 hours, 32 minutes) in Chase Field history.
Then, there’s Pennington again delivering in the 15th inning at Citi Field in New York on July 4. His single knocked in Gerardo Parra and gave the Diamondbacks a 5-4 win over the Mets.
Least forgotten in the 12-7 win on August 24 at Citizen Bank Park over the Phillies in 18 innings.
While the Mets and Philadelphia wins were accomplished on the road, the Prado Fiesta was reserved for the clubhouse. Only during the walk-off where completed at home is the celebration be visible on the playing field.
Starting Friday night with the Rockies at home, the Diamondbacks have 10 games remaining in Chase Field. Given their track record over the past five plus months, there could time for more Prado Fiestas.
While the Diamondbacks have nearly three weeks remaining in the season, the 2014 schedule is out.
Aside from opening the campaign with the Dodgers in Sydney, Australia on March 22 and 23, they open the Chase Field portion of the slate on Monday March 31 against the San Francisco Giants.
That’s the start of a four game series and the first week concludes with a six game road trip for three in Denver with the Rockies and three at AT&T Park with the Giants.
Regarding inter-league play, Arizona hosts the White Sox, Astros, Indians, Tigers and Royals and make trips to Houston, Cleveland and Minnesota. The visit to the Twin Cities is Sept. 22-24 and may be more conducive to football weather at that time of the year.
Here’s a link to the complete schedule. http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=ari#y=2014&m...