The Arizona Diamondbacks have yet to make up ground on their league record in wins and losses, but have seemed to start turning the corner on effort and competing from start to finish in every game no matter the outcome.
That attitude may be a testament to their new addition in the front office in Tony La Russa, his competitive fire was heard all throughout the Valley on Tuesday afternoon on the local radio station Arizona sports 98.7 on "the Dan Bickley show", which again was a great interview that allowed the valley to see exactly where the new Chief of Baseball operations will lead this team.
When asked if he had pressure on him to succeed La Russa responded
"One of the things we intend to bring to our ball club as far as compete, we have always taught to embrace the pressure," said La Russa. "We're expected to be competitive. We're expected to play for championships…I like that anxiety. I feel it right now".
La Russa also added his take about anxiety and said
"I have anxiety that I won't be able to pull it off,It's the kind of challenge that stimulates and motivates. You cross your T's and dot your I's. I think good and bad fear, if you take the bad fear and you pass on it, it haunts you for the rest of your life. The good fear brings out the best of you and then we'll see if you're good enough."
These honest and realistic comments seemed to have fired up the fan base because they were able to get just a glimpse of what made La Russa great as a manager and now as a front office operator.
Then the interview really got cool when host of the Show Dan Bickley ask a question regarding manager Kirk Gibson, in reference to his relationship to La Russa, and La Russa responded " do you want me to hang up on you now" referring back to the 1988 World Series where Gibson hit the walk off homer to beat his Athletics in game one and went on to win that championship.
It was really amazing to hear a manager remember a moment and make it feel like it was just yesterday it happened, and one could feel the passion of losing that series still sting today. At the same time show his love and respect for Gibson even in defeat and even though he will never forget that moment.
La Russa even added about Gibson when asked about the 1988 home run
"one reason it was except-able was because it was Kirk that hit the home run against Beck, you had two of the games great competitors and he happened to win that competition" and then he added jokingly " if it had of been some bozo or some yahoo that got that hit,then i would have regretted it the rest of my life".
Amazing ride back to 1988 and the passion of being part of that historic moment still fresh in the minds of the people involved after so many years gone bye, great interview Bickley.
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