By Josh Greene
Still on the mend following July’s season-ending ankle surgery, Stephen Drew had plenty to smile about Friday.
Wearing a walking boot, the recuperating infielder was in the D-backs’ dugout for the National League West-clinching victory over the Giants, before joining his teammates for the big postgame celebration in the home clubhouse.
“This is unbelievable,” Drew said. “This team has been so stand-up all year. Think about how many games everybody’s played and how many different players have contributed. Everybody on the bench picked us up when guys went down. This is why it’s a team. It’s not a one-man show. To be a part of it is awesome. I can’t say enough about this team. They’ve gone about their business.”
While Drew would have obviously preferred for his return to the postseason to be as a player, he is more than content to continue playing the role of supportive teammate after the D-backs took home their first NL West crown since 2007.
“I wish I could be out there for the whole thing,” he said, “but things happen for a reason. Being here six years and being in the playoffs twice is awesome. It doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, it’s a great feeling. When it does, you have to celebrate.”
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