PHILADELPHIA – The atmosphere was electric as the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrated their victory. They ripped their shirts off, belting out cheers. They formed a Conga Line, singing and dancing. Champagne sprayed through the air, while buckets of ice were dumped on players. The scent of cigar smoke filled the room, mixed with the spilled beer. It was a scene of utter chaos and joy.
It was close to 1 am, but no one was ready to leave. Every single moment was savored and etched into their memories. The Arizona Diamondbacks had secured their spot in the World Series.
Can you believe it?
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo, drenched in champagne, couldn’t help but reflect on the team’s past struggles. “I’ve thought about it 100 times, for sure,” Lovullo said. “I’ve thought about it 110 times. How about that? I can’t wrap my mind around it. It just goes to show you that perseverance, persistence, and hard work can make anything possible. We’re a small-market organization, and we’ve achieved this from within. That makes it even sweeter.”
The D-backs still can’t quite comprehend how they managed to achieve this remarkable feat. Perhaps, there was some divine intervention involved.
General manager Mike Hazen fought back tears as he thought about his late wife, who had been a diehard Diamondbacks fan. “Look, I’m missing the person that’s supposed to be here with me,” Hazen said. “But I know she’s been with us the whole way. Sometimes when I think about how improbable this is, that’s part of why I think we’re good.”
Ketel Marte, the NLCS MVP, dedicated his performance to his late mother. The team became a symbol of strength and resilience, with players sharing emotional and inspiring stories. They were a group of underdogs who overcame obstacles to realize their dreams.
As they embark on their journey to the World Series, the D-backs are motivated to seize this opportunity. Evan Longoria, the oldest player on the team, expressed his determination to win a ring. “It’s an opportunity to win a ring now,” Longoria said. “I don’t know how else to put it. Obviously, you have to get there to get that opportunity. We traveled a very hard road to get here, but here we are.”
Tommy Pham, who had been overlooked by other teams, found himself reflecting on the miraculous turn of events. “Damn, how did we do it?” Pham pondered. “It’s real. We got there. We’re going to the World Series. So don’t count us out now.”
For bench coach Jeff Bannister, facing his former team, the Texas Rangers, adds an extra layer of excitement. After being dismissed by the Rangers, Bannister is thrilled to have the chance to go back home and compete against his former colleagues. “I’ve got a lot of friends over there,” Bannister said. “It’s a great organization. I’m so happy for them. My family will be able to go back home, go back to that stadium in these circumstances. I was hoping this would happen.”
Paul Sewald, who was traded by the Seattle Mariners, found satisfaction in proving his former team wrong. The Mariners, who traded him away, watched as the Diamondbacks soared to the World Series. Sewald couldn’t contain his emotions as he caught the final out, overwhelmed with joy and relief.
The D-backs’ journey to the World Series has defied all expectations. They were counted out by many, deemed as underdogs with slim chances of success. But they rallied together, displaying fearlessness and resilience. And now, they have the chance to bring a World Series parade to downtown Phoenix.
“There were a lot of teams that probably felt like we didn’t deserve to be here,” Gallen said. “It was almost like this quiet, ‘All right. We’ll show you.’ Well, the D-backs proved that…”
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