Quotes of the Day
"He was money. He threw really good."
- Miguel Montero on Patrick Corbin.
"Out of the box I was hustling trying to get into second and get into scoring position right away. I was getting a lead and Matt told me to be ready just in case he throws something in the dirt and be aggressive and take it."
- Didi Gregorious on his 11th inning baserunning
“I think today was probably my biggest game where I was able to throw all three of my pitches for strikes. I feel like when you’re capable of doing that, you’re going to keep your pitch count low and give them some innings.”
- Patrick Corbin on Patrick Corbin
"It's a shame Patrick didn't get that win. We've got to clean that up."
- It really is, Kirk.
Didi Gregorious looked like the antithesis of Willie Bloomquist on the basepaths last night. Running with malice, Didi turned what looked to be a routine single to right into a double with one out in the 11th. He then took third on a ball hit to third, setting himself up perfectly to score on wild pitch moments later. Watching Gerardo Parra go full TOOTBLAN later in the inning highlights just how skillful Didi played his cards on the basepaths.
Nick Piecoro brings us lots of good info on Corbin's slider and his confidence in his pitches. The piece also offers interesting insight into Didi's thought process on the basebath. There's also a farm report, but John's got you covered there already.
The Diamondbacks are now 4-4 in one run games, but in more important news, Willie Bloomquist played three innings in the field during an extended Spring Training game. But seriously Willie, take your time. You don't want to rush back too early. They've got this kid Didi who has been doing alright at short.
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You knew this would happen eventually.
It's tough not to feel bad for the artist formerly known as Mike. The Snakes could probably offer a pretty attractive package for the young slugger. How does Willie Bloomquist, Jason Kubel, and one of Eric Hinske or Josh Wilson sound? Your move Loria.
I'm really gonna miss drinking $9 domestics in a shadeless, concrete oven while watching A's Spring Training games. The Phoenix Muni isn't the flashiest park, but it was always my favorite Spring Training park to visit. With the A's headed to Hohokam and the Cubs heading back to Chicago (jk, I wish), ASU baseball will fill the void at Phoenix Muni. There's only one problem - you can't drink at college games. The only reason Phoenix Muni lasted as long as it did as a Spring Training park was because everyone was drunk (science!). One thing we can all agree on though, is Packard Stadium will be much better as an overpriced student condo/yoga/frozen yogurt/tanning facility.
SPOILER ALERT: It's a guy getting hit in the nuts with a baseball.
ASU football at Chase Field? Maybe. ASU
AD President Michael Crow announced Tuesday that ASU football would be playing its home games at Chase Filed while Sun Devil field is being renovated. This was met with a resounding "WHAAAA????" from the Diamondbacks' brass who maintain that any discussions of football at Chase are only preliminary.