Did anything think the Diamondbacks could win?
Yeah, someone thought that. Kirk Gibson thought that.
Kevin Towers thought it, too.
I know. I heard it. In February.
"If you say you [can't], then you've got no shot," Gibson said then.
He said they could. He told them they could. He made them believe they could.
And now they have.
Our spring training headline read: "If team is anything like Gibson, watch out."
They are like Gibson, as much like him as any team could be. They play hard. They don't give up. They don't give in.
And now they're the National League West champions.
Is it all Gibson?
Of course not. It was Towers who built the bullpen, and the signing of closer J.J. Putz was the biggest move.
But you know what? Gibson was the one who recruited Putz.
"He pretty much sold me," Putz said in June. "He said things were going to change."
No team has changed like the Diamondbacks have. No team gets more credit from rival scouts.
No team has had a turnaround like Arizona's, from a 97-loss joke to a 91-win (and counting) champion.
Gibson didn't do it by himself. He would never tell you he did. In fact, over the last month, Gibson has tried to do anything he could to deflect attention, and to focus it all on his players.
Sorry, Kirk, you deserve the attention.
You believed before they did. You believed before anyone else did.
And you were right.