On the first weekend, general manager Kevin Towers saw two things new to his time with the Diamondbacks.
Snow was the second.
Grit was the first.
"I've seen some emotion, which to me is really good. It's something I didn't see the last two weeks of last year," said Towers, in his first full season after being hired on Sept. 22. "It's desire and drive to be better. Guys are upset when we lose ballgames. I didn't see that last year. I could tell there was frustration last night. I have to go on what the coaches said, but that was not seen last year."
Catcher Miguel Montero and center fielder Chris Young had a loud exchange in the clubhouse following a 3-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday. Montero was upset that, with runners on first and second, Young attempted to steal third on the first pitch Montero saw from Colorado closer Huston Street. Montero, 4-for-5 in his career against Street entering the at-bat, lined out.
"It's part of the game. The adrenaline goes fast. It's just the intensity, the anger to win a ball game," Montero said. "It's good. Nothing bad. We are trying to figure it out. We all are competing. We're trying to get better. I was a little upset. So was he. It's already gone."
Young: "I don't want to make a big deal out of nothing. Somebody feels a certain way about something, you go talk about it."
"I saw a lot of strikeouts and a lot of losses," Towers said Sunday of the D-Backs, who lost 97 games and set a major league record for strikeouts.
"After ballgames, guys were not talking about the game. The game was over, they were packing their stuff up and they were gone. You saw last night, guys were talking about games and situations right now. That's a real positive."
Sunday's game was postponed because of rain and snow.
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