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Kirk Gibson: the Dbacks are better at “doing the right thing” than anyone else

Nov 22, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

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Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is not going to allow his team’s increasingly pitched rivalry with the Dodgers rest in the offseason. And he’s not going to limit it to baseball games either.

In this wide-ranging interview at AZ Central.com, Gibby talks about the great culture and character of the Dbacks, as evidenced by some of his players recently taking a goodwill tour of Australia in the runup to next springs’ Dbacks-Dodgers series down there. But he notes that the Dodgers weren’t there:

“I’ll give you an example,” Gibson said. “Look at the guys who went down (on a goodwill tour of) Australia for us. Why did they do it? It’s who we are. It’s who the Diamondbacks are. We’re committed to the game of baseball. We’re committed to the community. I’ll put our organization up against anybody’s in terms of doing the right thing.

“We had Goldy go down there, along with Patrick Corbin and Derrick Hall, our president and CEO. Who’s the other team got down there? Are they too (expletive) good? Honestly?”

This is increasingly reminding me of some sitcom rivalry in which only the underdog is aware of and cares about a rivalry. And that the rivalry is about 85% made-up in the underdog’s mind.

But good for the Dbacks being better at “doing the right thing” than everyone else.

  1. NatsLady - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Yeah, it was a real hardship for those guys to go on a paid vacation to Australia, tour the Opera House, walk on the beaches–yeah, I seen pictures on the Twitter.

    • NatsLady - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:10 AM
      • dan1111 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        It looks like the right thing to me.

      • chacochicken - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        Patrick Corbin, boy detective, was their solving mysteries. Seriously, that kid doesn’t look older than 15 to me.

      • aiede - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        If Kirk Gibson were there, it’d become “20 Percent More Manly Beach.”

        Other beaches aren’t [expletive] trying hard enough. Gotta grind out each tide.

    • indaburg - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      That’s so sweet of the Dbags. A goodwill tour to that starving, struggling nation of… Australia.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Not to step on anyone’s toes, but it sure reads good when you Dodger-up your comment like that.

        /sigh

    • cur68 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      I’ve been to Manly Beach. Its very nice. Utterly beautiful beach. Great for surfing. Soft, deep sand. Miles and miles of beach. But there’s a problem. Its real hard to take a picture there without some topless chick wandering through your shot. All Australian beaches seem to be like that. Bondi was the same way. I could give a crap who wears what where but don’t for one second tell me this was some sort of “hardship” for these guys…well, maybe in the biblical sense. But seriously, you’d need dynamite to get most of them to LEAVE Australia. And, now that they’ve been, they’ll tell all their little MLB buddies and NEXT season? Why it’ll be an MLB stampede to Australia.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    How many games did they win last season doing the right stuff?

    • Old Gator - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      I dunno, but I thought you’d be pleased to hear that I was reunited with my smoked meat sandwich last night – and that Caplansky’s has added smoked meat poutine to their menu. I took an unaccustomed pass on that one.

      Best of luck with that local fur bearer.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        Glad you enjoyed your meal. I understand that Sloan will perform at the restaurant next weekend as part of a Movember fund raiser.

        Thank you for the best wishes. Life is good right now.

      • Old Gator - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        You’re welcome. Tonight is the concert, and then the party at the mayor’s house.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        Any party at Rob Ford’s is not what it is cracked up to be.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Hehe. “Crack(ed).” Hehe.

      • Old Gator - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        I wonder if there’s such a thing as a cracked meat sandwich.

        I must admit, though, to having issues adjusting to this horrible meteorological aberration you guys have up here.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      I think Gibson is smoking crack with the Mayor of Toronto.

  3. alexo0 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    I guess every team is committed to a different community. Hearing about Puig’s interactions with youth lately, the Dodgers seem pretty committed to their own backyard.

    If only they had a pool…

    • Old Gator - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Don’t they have a resort down there where you can ackcherley swim with the sharks? Try it, Kirk – meet face to face with something with a bigger mouth than yours.

  4. 2077james - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Dodgers players & staff were taking a well earned break after playing throughout most of October. If the Dbacks did ‘the right thing’ – i.e. win ballgames – a little better they’d have been there too.

  5. koufaxmitzvah - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I think AJ Ellis went Down Under. And Kershaw? He’s on his annual trek to Africa with his wife to, y’know, TAKE CARE OF SOME ORPHANS.

    Kirk is just giving the good old company line. If you hate LA, then you’re going to love us. We’re not LA. We’re the DBags.

    Kirk, Hall, Kendricks…. all former Angelenos. All still mad about the Dodgers jumping in their pool. All still frustrated that the team devised by grit is a .500 ball club; as in competitive to a certain degree. If trashing LA can bring another 100 fans to the ballpark, the DBags will do it. Truth be damned.

  6. Mark - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    If only the Diamondbacks were better at winning baseball games than everybody else…

  7. paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    The D-Backs remind me of hypocritical quasi-religious people (I am not saying all religious people are hypocrites, just referring the a particular group)….you know the ones, they do some small amount of charity or volunteer work and spend about 10 times more time telling everyone about in a self-congratulatory fashion than they actually spent doing the thing.

    Everyone is more aware of their own actions than those of other people, just because other people don’t go around tooting their own horns about it, doesn’t mean they didn’t do anything.

    • yahmule - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Or a guy who struts around like Johnny Badass, but spent a ridiculous amount of time on the disabled list during his playing career. Gibson hung around the majors for 17 years and only managed to play in over 150 games twice. More than half of his seasons in MLB, he played in fewer than 100 games. He was basically a gritty candy ass.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gibsoki01.shtml

      • Tick - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        No one has ever gotten so much mileage out of one legendary at bat as compared to a stunningly mediocre career. Not even Bucky Dent.

      • ptfu - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        Bill Mazeroski got into the Hall of Fame off one legendary at-bat!

      • gloccamorra - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Maz doesn’t have the offensive stats – he played in a pitcher’s era – but he was no slouch with the bat. He was primarily one of the best second basemen of all time, top ten in putouts and assists in a not overly long 17 year career. That’s what impressed the Veterans’ Committee to put him in the Hall.

  8. pastabelly - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Doing the right thing is virtuous. Patting yourself on the back for that really cheapens it.

  9. Kevin S. - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    So Craig, what you’re saying is the Diamondbacks are Sheldon Cooper and the Dodgers are Wil Wheaton?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      I recognize that as a Big Bang Theory thing based on the names, but I’ll admit I’ve never watched that show.

      • Alex K - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Good for you. I have seen parts of different episodes and laughed exactly zero times.

    • Uncle Charlie - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Hwil Wheaton.

  10. chill1184 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    There is a point in which one should just keep quiet and let their actions do the talking, perhaps Gibson should heed that advice

  11. therealbigben - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Kinda like the Mandelbaums and Jerry Seinfeld?

  12. aceshigh11 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Not only do they do the right thing, but they do it with grit.

    • bravojawja - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Nah, that’s just sand in their shorts.

  13. DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Sheesh – I know this joint is more partial to Hnt for Red October and Few Good Men….but no one picked up on the obvious angle here?

    I for one am glad Kirk Gibson headed Ossie Davis’ advice

  14. tfbuckfutter - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    They don’t do enough things right on the field so they have to make up for it somehow.

  15. bfunk1978 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    So now the D-backs can take that Cardinal Way torch from St. Louis and carry it in the desert.

  16. nategearhart - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Yeah, selfish lazy bums them Dodgers.

    Oh, wait.

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/la/humanitarian-dodgers-pitcher-clayton-kershaw-presented-branch-rickey-award?ymd=20131116&content_id=63980700&vkey=news_la

  17. illegalblues - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    now a real man and his crew would go to the philippines and help clean up. god, what a poser good guy. make em walk the plank

  18. thehollar - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Craig was close with the final analogy, but I think it resembles this slightly more:

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/tibetan-resistance-leaders-seize-yak,1650/

  19. clemente2 - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    This is the perfect team for McCann. Puffed up and in your face for no reason.

    • yahmule - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      It would be awesome to see him and Montero strip to the waist and bare knucke brawl for the starting catcher job.

  20. lanflfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Not only are the Dodgers completely in the heads of the Dbags fans and, apparently the organization, there must also be a four-story mansion and 10-car garage painted in Dodger Blue there for vacations. I assure you, denizens of the desert, that the reverse is not true.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Nah, it’s just the D’backs’ management/ownership worried about barely drawing 2.1 million/year the last five years when they were in the 2.8-3.1 million attendance bracket a decade ago. Jerry Colangelo left behind a lot of debt to pay off, so they need to drum up some controversy to bring in fans.

  21. davidpom50 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I just want to be sure I’ve got this straight…

    In Kirk Gibson’s mind, going on a paid vacation to Australia in order to sell more baseball tickets shows more “character” than going to Africa to work at an orphanage you built (like Kershaw), more “commitment to the community” than showing a good time to disadvantaged kids in the team’s city (like Puig), and more “commitment to baseball” than putting in time at team facilities rehabbing from injuries & surgery (like Kemp, Ethier & Billingsley).

    Got it. Thanks for the lesson, Kirk!

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