MLB Network video shows a day with the D-backs
On June 27 the D-backs notched their 50th win of the season in dramatic fashion. A David Peralta home run tied it in the ninth and a Chris Herrmann walk-off single won the game in the 10th.
It was the fifth of six walk-offs for the D-backs so far this season, symbolizing their never-say-die attitude.
But before that all happened, a MLB Network video shows how the D-backs started off their day.
It starts in the home of Andrew Chafin, which is not a typical Scottsdale house like many Valley athletes own, but instead an RV parked next to a covered arena for riding horses.
“I go home, I don’t want anything to do with baseball,” Chafin said. “I need like my daily reset if you will.”
From the country kid Chafin to the energetic roommates Archie Bradley and Jake Lamb, the video shows the latter two cruising up to the Starbucks drive-thru jokingly disagreeing on how to correctly pronounce the size “trenta.”
When the game kicked off, manager Torey Lovullo was mic’d up and showed off his communication skills and humor.
When describing a Taijuan Walker pitch, Lovullo described it as “some downhill fuzz.”, later, while standing at the top of the dugout with Paul Goldschmidt in the hole, Lovullo simply asked how the slugger’s day was going.
“I wanted to set forth a culture in spring training that was going to be built on communication and positive thinking,” Lovullo said. “I want to let them know that I was going to do the best I possibly could to lead and put them in the right situation each and every day.”
Lovullo furthered showed his communication skills and also provided a first hand look at his thought process when debating a pitching change.
In the bottom of the sixth with the D-backs trailing the Cardinals 2-0, the skipper walked over to starter Taijuan Walker to let him know what to expect.
“I’ll make a deal with you, if we end up getting down here and we got some noise, I’m going to hit for you,” Lovullo told Walker. “If not, you’re going to go back out, get three outs, come back in here with a chance to win the game.”
A Chris Iannetta double tied the game at two and allowed Walker to head back out to the mound for the seventh. In the seventh he gave up three runs, but set the stage for the late game fireworks that D-backs fans have grown accustomed to.
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