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When the Diamondbacks defeated the Giants on Sept. 23, they capped off an incredible season with the No. 1, three-word storyline: "Worst to First."
Arizona was not supposed to reach the 2011 postseason, much less clinch the NL West.
The same Diamondbacks franchise that finished 2010 with a 65-97 record, good enough for last place in the NL West, recharged, regrouped and found a way to finish with a 94-68 record, recording the best MLB turnaround from 2010-11 with a score of plus-29 wins.
It was a combination of everyone—Ian Kennedy, Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Upton, Ryan Roberts, Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders, J.J. Putz, Kirk Gibson, the remainder of the roster—that finally got the job done.
It all came together for Arizona in the end, and while the Diamondbacks were defeated by the Brewers in the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS, the Diamondbacks had exceeded just about everyone's expectations.
With all of this momentum heading into 2012, along with the additions of Trevor Cahill, Takashi Saito, Jason Kubel, Jonathan Albaladejo and the re-signing of just about everyone except Micah Owings and Joe Saunders, the Diamondbacks are in prime position to repeat as NL West champions and even contend for a league pennant or World Series title.
Wouldn't that be something?