We’ve got work to do

At this time of year, all the games you come up short in are tough and they hurt. We had opportunities to push runs across, but unfortunately, we weren’t able to do it tonight.

There were a couple of instances when we had opportunities and they made pitches on us, and for others, they made great plays in the field. So you keep grinding, you keep pushing, you keep battling and hope that some of these things start going our way.

When I hit that line drive to right-center in the seventh, I was begging for it to get down. I knew I hadn’t caught it as clearly as I would have liked to and I knew the outfield was shaded to the opposite side. So when I hit it, I knew it was an area nobody was at, but it seemed like the more it hung up there, the more ground Willy was covering.

Obviously, he made a great catch. If that ball tips off his glove, Byrnsie scores and it’s a different ballgame, so it was a great play by Willy. Very few players are athletic enough to make that play and Willy is one of them.

They made a lot of great plays tonight. Helton made an outstanding play on a ball that Salazar hit down the line to begin the sixth. They came up big when they needed to come up big, they were patient at the plate and pushed a run across there in the 11th.

We hoped things coming out of here were going to be different, but this is what we’ve got and we know we’ve got some work to do now. But we don’t want to look any further ahead than the next game and just focus on trying to put ourselves in a position to win that game.

We’ve got to win one. We can’t worry about two or three or four right now. We’ve got to focus on Sunday. That’s all we need to be thinking about now.


  1. stoneworks75@aol.com

    Seems like your teamates might need a little extra something to get a win, possibly listening to the TV announcers on TBS live during game may help.

  2. danimal@azdiamondbacks.com

    &nbsp T.C.,
    game 2 was a lucky game for the Rockies, with quite a few defensive plays made by inches. Luck favors good teams and the Diamondbacks are every bit as good a team as Colorado. It’s time for our line drives to get down and our defense to have the edge in those “just by inches” plays. Down by two games in a best-of-seven series, it’s time for luck to favor us.


    &nbsp &nbsp Dan



  3. ladonnagreco@cox.net


    I felt horrible for you guys last night. That win for the Rockies was just plain old dumb luck. It was a monster effort that just didn’t pan out for us, and you’re right…those are the ones that really smart. I’m proud of you guys just for fighting back and not giving up, and I know you won’t quit now. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. šŸ™‚

    I keep a book of quotes on my desk at work for a pick-me-up when I need it. I ran across a some good ones these past few days that I thought i would share with you and hopefully will inspire you guys a little bit…

    “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”


    “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

    -Christopher Reeve

    “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracles await.” -Helen Keller

    “Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit.”

    -Robert Schuller

    “With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

    -Eleanor Roosevelt

    Take care!



  4. leefrand@cox.net

    I stayed up and watched the whole game and if it wasn’t for some errors, base-running and fielding, we would have won. Colorado is more patient than we are, so we have to be more alert than they are. Play heads up baseball. Go dbacks!

  5. baseballguy42@msn.com


    Tough break last night. I have been a huge D-Backs fan since ’98, and it seems to me that we have gone away from whats been working for us all season – Having a blast! I think I have just the cure for our current playoff blues. There is still plenty of baseball left and I know we have the talent and ability to do what needs to be done. I think the whole team should relax, sit down together and watch the movie “Miracle” (Maybe on the way to Denver.) It might sound crazy, but I think this movie will get you more excited to just compete at level which you know you guys can, as well as getting back to playing Diamondbacks Baseball. Well you guys can take this idea and do with it what you want, I know when i played baseball in college the last few years it worked for me, so maybe it will work the same magic for you guys. So good luck, and go get ’em.


  6. karenharrison71@yahoo.com

    Just wanted to say that I am still cheering you guys on no matter what happens the team will still be able to hold their head up high. Good Luck with the game on Sunday

  7. scott.thompsonn@yahoo.com

    Hey Tony,
    I am a Rockies fan but, I liked your blog and and happy that the NLCS is with you guys and not the Cubs. It will be nice to see a NL West team in the series. Since you will be in Denver with your family, I would recommed seeing a resturant called Casa Bonita on West Colfax it is not that far from Coors feild (10 miles max). The kids will love it. Although the food is not the best it is fun to see if you have kids. They have cliff divers in the resturant. Although I will be rooting against you I still wish you luck and look forward to a continued exciting series.

  8. neils@azbar.org

    Tony, you guys have given us an AWESOME season this year and it ain’t over yet. This is one of the most exciting, unpredictable, spontaneously cool season of baseball I’ve ever followed. You guys should head to Denver with your heads and chins up high. Just do your thing the same way you’ve done it all year and the chips will fall where they will. Taking 2 out of 3 on a road series is nothing you haven’t done before. Go get ’em!

  9. chriscardinal@gmail.com


    I was thrilled to see your bat really heat up in general. You also made at least one *great* play at home that reminded me why Melvin goes to you for the defense.

    I was talking to just about anyone that would listen about how “the Rocks didn’t play BETTER than us, we just played WORSE than the Rockies.” It sounds like the same thing, but it’s really not. They’re not playing a *terrific* game out there. We were pitching brilliantly, they weren’t capitalizing with men on, they weren’t getting as many on in general…

    And yet, we couldn’t convert. I liked what an article I read on MLB said when it said “this series is closer than the 0-2 record makes it sound.”

    You guys can do it. They are DUE to lose. No one gets to win indefinitely in this game.

    Time to remind them of that. Take three at Coors for me?


  10. kishvens@yahoo.com

    You are an A one class act! It can be exceptionally difficult to have the kind of grace you portrayed in this blog, but it makes you a better person. Congratulations on getting to this point!

  11. msheitowit@usa.net

    Mr. Clark,

    Thank you for your kindness at P.P.Pizza tonight. My 13 year old son recognized you and his friend approached you. My son has bipolar disorder and has worked very hard to overcome some great challenges. Over the last year he has accomplished remarkable things personally and academically. You were very kind to them and gave Shaun a birthday memory he will never forget. When we got home, we looked up the Bible verse you listed. Wow! How perfect! Thank you for stepping up to the plate and being a ROLE MODEL.

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