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Scenes From Spring Training: DWI

Feb 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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No, that’s not what you think it means. It refers to “Deal With It,” and they were the letters written on a white board inside the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse after some Navy Seals visited the team yesterday. The message: when you have a problem, get past it, dude. Navy Seals do that, and the Dbacks should do it too. (UPDATE: I see the “Deal With It” thing has spread wider than I realized).

Yeah, I think this is a different kind of training camp than the Dbacks are used to having.

The visit by the Navy Seals wasn’t set up by Kirk Gibson, but he talked about it a few minutes ago when he took media questions.  He was pleased with the visit and he’s definitely got that message at the top of his priority list as his young team gets into real baseball games starting tomorrow.  “You know what Navy Seals do,” Gibson said.  “We’re not asking them to go that far.  But we want to change our mentality.”

Gibson is pleased with the effort he’s seen, but he’s more interested in making sure that the lessons from the past week translate into action in the game.  You get the sense that he has his concerns.  “Just do it, just like you did out on the practice field,” Gibson said, explaining what the main message is to his team.  His tone is reminiscent of, say, a high school coach: he’s confident in his players, but he’s well aware that there are going to be some bumps ahead.

When you think of people who might be adept at dealing with the fragile psyches of young players, you don’t necessarily think of Kirk Gibson.  That may be an assumption based on old information, of course, as most of us think of the fiery player of 20 or 30 years ago, not the current man, about whom we know relatively little.

But the fragile psyches of a young team are his primary responsibility now.  I think it will be fascinating to see how he deals with them this season.

  1. craggt - Feb 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Ahh Gibby, how we miss you in Detroit

    http://designaterobertson.blogspot.com/2011/01/armandos-goodbye-is-cut-short-by.html#more

  2. Old Gator - Feb 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    As in, “when you finish fourth, deal with it,” or “when your Governor looks like she got her face transplant from one of those missing mummies from the Cairo museum, deal with it,” or maybe “when you step on an invisible horned toad with your bare foot, deal with it.”

    • cur68 - Feb 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      Gator, dude; what is with you and the lizards? If JD Drew aint getting fishing like you’re one, you’re kidnapping them, eating them and possibly co-habitating with them. No horny toad gonna do nuthin. Step on them all you like. I saw Old Yeller; kid was keeping one in his pocket. The creature you gotta fear no matter where you go is the beaver. Even there in the desert I say fear the beav. That governor they got there? We in the frozen north think of her as a giant evil beaver. FEAR THE OLD BEAV!

      • Old Gator - Feb 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        You have clearly never studied horned toads up close, Old Yeller notwithstanding. Stepping on one of these critters barefoot is no fun. It would be OK not to worry if you could see them but now that they’re disappearing there is ample reason to be more cautious.

        Incidentally, Craig, if you’re watching, make sure not to leave your shoes on the floor at night in Arizona. Hang them on a nail. If you forget, make sure to shake them out before you put your feet back in them. Scorpions. Ouch! And if not scorpions, illegal immigrant bellhops have been known to fill your shoes with guava jelly if you don’t tip them well enough to bring their cousins over.

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