Gibson takes responsibility for D-backs' letdown

Gibson takes responsibility for D-backs' letdown

Gibson takes responsibility for D-backs' letdown
PHOENIX -- Manager Kirk Gibson is not ready to conduct a postmortem on the D-backs season while they are still mathematically alive to make the playoffs.

The D-backs manager, though, realizes that with 20 games left after Tuesday and a large deficit in both the National League West and Wild Card races, that the odds are longer than long.

And when it comes to who's responsible for the predicament, Gibson is more than willing to be held accountable.

"I fully acknowledge I'm disappointed in the position that we're in," Gibson said. "Trust me, I spent a whole off-day analyzing and I spend virtually any time that I'm not sleeping analyzing how to get out of the situation we're in. One of the ways is to continue to push on and then how to avoid it in the future. It's not where we want to be. I'm not going to sugarcoat that at all. I'm disappointed in myself when it comes to that. I assume all accountability."

The D-backs entered Tuesday night's game trailing the first-place Giants by 10 games, and their deficit in the Wild Card race was six games. Six games is not as far back as the Cardinals were last year, but the difference is they have five teams to pass.

A longer than long shot for sure, but Gibson refuses to give in until his team is officially eliminated.

"Maybe it's never been done before, but there's great stories in sports all around the continent," Gibson said. "That's just the way I think. I know you guys think I'm crazy, but I've been through several things throughout my career in different capacities in competing and I've lived some very, very good dreams so that's where I stand at."