"It felt good to win," Desmond said. "I contributed. Whether I get hits or whatever, I feel like I bring something to the team every day. The box score might not say that, but I know what I bring to the team. It felt good to drive a run in there. We still have a lot of time to play [this season]. Whether I get hits or not, there are other ways to contribute."
Although he is off to a slow start with the bat, Desmond continues to be one of the hardest workers on the team.
"He is one of the strongest dudes I've seen in a long time," teammate Dan Uggla said. "The back of his baseball card says it all. We've all gone through it. He is our leader and that says a lot about him as a man, as a teammate and as a baseball player. It's cool to see how he has handled himself."
While he was pleased to contribute to the victory, Desmond's mind was on bench coach Randy Knorr, who is away from the team because his wife, Kimberly, passed away recently. Desmond was emotional when he talked about Knorr to the local media. The relationship dates back 2005 when both were with Class A Savannah.
"Words can't describe [how I feel about Knorr]," Desmond said. "He has been there for me since I was 18. We have been through a lot together. That was awesome, but I would do anything to be able to go and give him a hug."