PHOENIX -- Willie Bloomquist winced last week when a reporter asked him about the possibility of playing in the postseason for the first time.
Friday night, amid the champagne celebration that marked the D-backs clinching the National League West, the infielder sought out the same reporter.
"Now we can talk about it," he said with a smile.
Now in his 10th big league season, Bloomquist did get to celebrate a clinching last year when he was a member of the NL Central champion Reds. However, Bloomquist had arrived with Cincinnati too late to be eligible for the postseason roster.
"This is a blast," Bloomquist said. "Other people maybe sometimes take it for granted. But for me it's been a long wait. This a cloud nine feeling, this is great. It was almost worth the wait."
Parker set for MLB debut on Tuesday
PHOENIX -- The D-backs' spot in the postseason is set. Their playoff rotation, not so much.
It seems all but certain that Ian Kennedy will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series next Saturday especially since D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had pushed Kennedy's start from Sunday to Saturday in case he was needed for a one-game playoff Thursday.
"We've thought about it, but nothing is set in stone," Gibson said of the playoff rotation. "A lot can change. I won't even comment on it."
Daniel Hudson and Joe Saunders will also most assuredly be part of the rotation with the big decisions being whether the team goes with a fourth starter and, if it does, which rookie -- Josh Collmenter or Wade Miley -- would get the nod.
A lot could depend on whether the D-backs play the Phillies, Braves or Brewers in the first round.
The D-backs will start Hudson, Jarrod Parker and Saunders in the final regular-season series against the Dodgers on Monday through Wednesday.
It will be the Major League debut of Parker, who was the organization's top pick (ninth overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and missed the entire 2010 season.
Parker is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation next spring.
Overbay doubles back to finally make postseason
PHOENIX -- Lyle Overbay made a pair of pinch-hit appearances for the D-backs toward the end of the 2001 season and was not on the postseason roster of the eventual world champions.
The following year, he made 10 pinch-hit appearances in September for the D-backs, who were once again on their way to the playoffs. And just like the year before, Overbay was not a part of that roster.
Overbay's career would then take him to the Brewers, Blue Jays and Pirates and he would never get close to the postseason.
Next week when the D-backs open the National League Division Series, Overbay will finally get his first taste of playoff baseball.
"I'm excited," the first baseman said. "I want it to start now. That's why you want to soak it up and enjoy it, because, shoot, I thought I'd be in the playoffs almost every year. Little did I know I would have to go full circle and come all the way back to Arizona to get in there."