Even though the Game 5 extra-inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night still stings, the Arizona Diamondbacks have ample reasons to be pleased with the 2011 season as a whole.
It's certainly no consolation, especially standing on the NLCS doorstep only to have the door rudely slammed their face. And especially since they fell down early in the series 0-2 and played valiantly with their backs against the wall in Games 3 and 4 at home to give themselves a chance to win the NLDS. And especially as they led almost the entirety of Game 5 in Milwaukee—something they had yet to do in this series—it genuinely felt that the D-backs were a team of destiny.
Still, let's not forget that this team finished last in the NL West last season and was out of contention by August.
To say that their rise to the top of the division, with the second-best record in the league, in just one season was unexpected would be the understatement of the year.
The following slides outline the reasons Arizona has to be proud of all they achieved in 2011, despite the disappointment they feel in how the season ultimately ended.