D-backs take camp to paintball arena for a day
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs spent Tuesday afternoon taking shots at their coaching staff, manager and front office.
In a team-building outing, D-backs players and staff participated in a paintball war that saw the players beat management/staff in three of the four games they played. One ended in a draw.
"We absolutely dominated the coaches," pitcher Wade Miley said with a smile on his face. "They were really wimpy, they stayed in the back, they never showed any aggressiveness coming and getting guys. Just terrible tactics, and we just walked all over them. They didn't have a chance. They were cheating a little bit and they still didn't have a chance."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, who hatched the paintball idea along with closer J.J. Putz, took the brunt of the abuse.
"He got shot in the mouth, between the eyes, in his fingers," Miley said. "[Willie] Bloomquist pretty much dominated Gibby the whole day."
Regardless of who won, Gibson said the day was a success.
"It was exceptional," Gibson said. "It was great. It's pretty taxing. First of all, you're trying to survive mentally. Then the physical part comes in. But they had a good time."