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Arizona Diamondbacks

Updated Apr 2, 2013 - 9:14 am

The D-backs are the most interesting team in the NL

Arizona Diamondbacks' Martin Prado slides in to touch home plate to score a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning during an opening day MLB baseball game Monday, April 1, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

What I love about this team more than anything else is they will fight you to the bitter end. They have a bunch of guys that will play hard for 27 outs and never quit. Martin Prado, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero, Aaron Hill and company don't need anybody to get them ready to play.

I know who these guys are. I've played against guys like this. Yeah, their faces are different and their names are different and the sport is different but "the thing" that lives inside them I know and have witnessed up close. Bill Boy Bates, Sam Mills, Dave Duerson, Seth Joyner...these guys weren't household names but perish the thought that you weren't ready to play when you lined up across from them because they would hand you your lunch, take it from you, eat it in your face and dare you to do something about it. And that can grind on you; that kind of intensity can wear you down -- especially in a three-game series.

It's not Moneyball, it's muddy-ball. And this experiment by the D-backs makes them the most interesting team in the National League. The baseball world is watching.

About the Author


School: West Virginia University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: January 2, 2007

Favorite sports memory: Walking between the white lines.

Favorite all-time athlete: Walter Payton

Favorite sports movies: Major League

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