"I think I've expressed my feelings about the situation. I'll fully embrace that (non-starting) role when I feel that I'm there, but just how I feel right now, I don't feel like ... I still have something left in there. I feel great. That's all I can go off of."
- Aaron Hill
"It's really special, just to see all the guys that have done it in years past. For me, not knowing if I was going to be really a legitimate starter ever again -- you know, maybe just a spot start here and there -- and then to go from bullpen last year to now being the Opening Day starter is pretty special. It helps cement the fact that I can be a starter in this league and be successful."
- Josh Collmenter
The D-backs' journey is just beginning. The two teams wrapped up Spring Training play Saturday with a 4-2 victory by the D-backs in the second of two exhibition games at Chase Field. Now, the season can begin in earnest.
The D-backs announced Nick Ahmed would start the 2015 season at shortstop, effectively sliding Chris Owings to second base. Hill becomes the odd man out, although the former starting second baseman could end up contributing down the line.
You can point out that he doesn't have the pure stuff of a typical Opening Day starter and you can say he's not the prototypical ace of a staff, but you're not going to be able take away the pride and joy that Josh Collmenter will feel when he throws the first pitch of the 2015 season for the D-backs on Monday.
When Opening Day beckons, we witness the migration of the Diamondbacks. Our Major League Baseball franchise relocates 19 miles from Scottsdale to Phoenix, moving from one world to another. It's called regular-season baseball, which begins Monday.
Are the revamped Cubs ready for prime time? What better way to find out than in prime time against the established class of the National League Central?