Gentlemen and gentlewomen, we’ve been to hell and back. We’ve been through the best and the worst, we’ve seen miracles and horrors. The 2012 season was one for the ages.
This was a tough year. Who would have thought that we would have made it this far, and win 94 games, when you looked out in the middle of the summer at a team that could barely stay more than a couple of games above .500 — 0-4 on April 9, 26-24 on May 28, 41-38 on July 2. Who would have thought we could win considering that Brandon Beachy got Tommy John surgery, Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson would see their careers in jeopardy, and Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran would both take a major step back?
Who would have thought that we could win despite the fact that our starting catcher hit .230, our starting second baseman hit .220, and all five of our shortstops hit .233? Despite the fact that our retiring 40 year old third baseman was, by far, the best hitter on the team?