SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kirk Gibson is not one to take losing in stride, not as a highly self-motivated player and not as a manager who found such success in his first season in charge.
So after his Arizona Diamondbacks dipped from NL West champions in 2011 to a .500 team in 2012, Gibson is at work building the kind of team he likes, one that, to use one of his favored words, "grinds" to get its victories.
Nothing flashy, just hard work, hustle and success based on good team chemistry and aggressive, hard-nosed play.
With Gibson the one setting the tone.
As he put it after pitchers and catchers reported for spring training on Monday, "81 and 81 does not sound good to me at all, and I took it very personally."