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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday September 30th, 2011
Roberts did his best Kirk Gibson impression on Tuesday. (Icon SMI)
Roberts did his best Kirk Gibson impression on Tuesday. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-The playoff-bound 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks have adopted the attitude and energy of their manager Kirk Gibson, and that was never more apparent than on Tuesday night when the club rallied from a six-run deficit and won the game on a walk-off grand slam by Ryan Roberts, who evoked his manager's famous fist pump while rounding the bases.

-After Wednesday's unprecedented night of final day excitement, Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski penned one of the most poignant recaps of the amazing sequence.

-Also, Rob Neyer gives his thoughts on Wednesday's unforgettable night of baseball finishes and points out that no one epitomizes the unlikely turn of events as much as Tampa Bay hitter Dan Johnson.

-For those who want to relive things, Deadspin has put together a nice collection of the various announcer calls from the season's final day and has video footage of the MLB Network's Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac reacting dramatically to the happenings of the night.

-Yahoo's Jeff Passan notes that, though his blown save on Wednesday doomed his club's playoff chances, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel still had a phenomenal season and has earned the praise and respect of fans and teammates.

-ESPN's Jayson Stark looks back at the craziest injuries and box scores of the 2011 season

-Last Saturday's Rockies-Astros game marked the 200,000th game in the history of Major League Baseball.

-Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz broke one of Roy Halladay's records this season, though it certainly isn't one that he should be proud of.

-The NJ Star-Ledger's Dave D'Alessandro points out that, even seventy years later, Ted Williams' amazing .406 average in the 1941 season still looms large over the baseball world.

-Dodgers utility man Eugenio Velez very quietly set a big league record on Wednesday when he went hitless in his 46th straight at-bat.


Reggie Yinger and Dan Port contributed links to this article.
Dan PortDan Port has been a writer and article editor for Baseball Press since the fall of 2009. He's a Wisconsin native and Los Angeles resident, as well as an aspiring novelist, moderately successful gambler, and avid craft beer aficionado. You can reach him at dan@baseballpress.com or check him out on Twitter @danport and at DanielPort.com.