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D-backs respond after mathlete's motivational speech

PHOENIX -- Coming home following a 2-4 road trip earlier this week, the D-backs received a visit from a motivational speaker of sorts in the clubhouse on Tuesday, math whiz Scott Flansburg.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson invited the self-proclaimed "mathlete" to speak to his players and show off his unique talent of solving complex number problems in his head. The purpose of the team meeting was twofold: to take the club's mind off the daily grind of baseball and to show the importance of starting with a clean mindset to begin each game.

"That blew my mind, and all my teammates," Martin Prado said. "He said no matter what you have done in the past, you always have to start from zero. That was huge for us."

Added Adam Eaton: "Anywhere you look in this clubhouse you think baseball, so to take a step back and think of something else, it helps."

Tuesday wasn't the first time Gibson has brought in Flansburg to the D-backs' clubhouse. He also visited back in 2010, after which the club scored 10 runs in a victory over the Marlins. Arizona also won Tuesday, defeating the Rays 6-1.

"He's totally off the wall and what he does is amazing," Gibson said. "I think it kind of surprised them that that was the type of meeting we were having, but it was great. I think the guys loved it."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for
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