"It's like a full 180, the vibe in the clubhouse," Young said after his three-run home run helped the D-backs take the rubber game of a three-game weekend series against Cincinnati.
"This is the first time in awhile that I feel like everyone is on the same page. When you have everybody on the same page, you are going to pull for each other. You are not going to force it. Guys are not saying 'let's go' just to say it. They are saying 'let's go' because they want to win. They want you to get it done, and if you don't get it done, they want the guy after you to get it done. We're not accepting losing this year, which is a change. We're going to be a persistent team."
It is exactly the attitude manager Kirk Gibson is hoping to instill in his first full season as manager. The D-backs overcame a 5-0 lead against on Sunday, the kind of deficit that they struggled with while losing 97 games in 2010. The comeback started when Willie Bloomquist stole third base on ball four to Justin Upton despite the 5-0 hole. Bloomquist later scored
"You see us down in the game, and you see Willie still stealing third base. Little stuff like that allows us to get that one run, that two runs an inning, so when we get to the eighth, we're not down by six, we're down by three," Young said.
"In the grand scheme of things, it really changes the outcome of the game when you have guys being aggressive throughout the entire game and not just waiting until it's crunch time to make something happen. They treat the entire game like it's crunch time, and I think that's making a big difference."
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