As someone who isn’t around D-backs manager Kirk Gibson often, it was tough to get a read on whether he took some offense or was just giving a reporter a hard time before Sunday’s game.â†µ
Gibson was asked about not being a batting average guy, seeing as he won an MVP award with a .290 average that the reporter labeled "very modest." In 1988, Gibson batted .290 with 25 HRs and 76 RBI to lead L.A. to the World Series title.â†µ
".290? Above average. I was hitting about .320 going into the last month of the season," Gibson replied before the reporter finished making his point.â†µ
The question was, in the end, is there any one stat Gibson considers most important or most indicative?â†µ
"Yeah. Wins," Gibson said. "I could care (less) if you’re 1 for 6 and you get the game winner, that’s a beautiful night."