Kirk Gibson supplied one of the most memorable moments in baseball history with his 1988 World Series pinch-hit walkoff. His team did the same this year. His Diamondbacks were among the feel-good stories in the major leagues.
They certainly were the most surprising.
What started during a mid-May turnaround became a season-long surge, and the D-backs 79 victories from May 13 until the end of the regular season tied Milwaukee for the most in the majors.
The most surprising thing now, at least to some who watched the D-backs play all season, is that the playoffs are continuing without them. A major league-high and franchise-record 48 comeback victories can do that to a psyche.
PresidentCEO Derrick Hall used the word magical to describe this season, and it was fitting to a point.
Talent, hard work and a grasp of Gibsons team ethic turned it into a special season.
The surprise was how the D-backs improved so quickly.
Kevin Towers promised a quick turnaround when he was hired as th...