SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-- The D-backs received a visit from three Navy SEALs on Wednesday, and, to a man, they came away impressed.
The trio spoke for around an hour before watching the team's workout.
"Like they said, when we make a mistake, we might cost our team a ballgame, and that's very important to us," pitcher Barry Enright said. "But when they make a mistake, it could cost someone their life."
The initials "DWI" were written on a white board near the team's daily schedule, which means when things get difficult "Deal With It."
"They basically said you can either choose to kick butt that day or choose to get your butt kicked," Enright said. "It hits home in the sense that when you wake up, you can either go out and get after it that day, or you can go out there and roll over and let someone beat you."
Catcher Miguel Montero said the gist of the talk was about being mentally tough.
"That's the way you want to be in life," Montero said. "You want your mind to control your body, not your body controlling your mind."
D-backs sell out Salt River Fields opener
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If you were waiting to purchase tickets for Saturday's inaugural game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick between the D-backs and Rockies, well, you're out of luck.
The team announced Wednesday that the 1:05 p.m. MST game is a sellout.
Tickets do remain for Sunday's 1:05 p.m. game against the Giants at Salt River Fields as well as the other remaining 15 games to be played there this spring. Tickets can be purchased at dbacks.com.
"The response from D-backs fans regarding our new Spring Training facility at Salt River Fields has been outstanding," D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. We expect to surpass our Spring Training total attendance record soon while also providing a unique and entertaining experience for baseball fans attending exhibition games at Salt River Fields this spring."
The D-backs have sold 120,000 tickets so far for their 17 home games, which surpasses last season's home attendance mark of 99,778 last season during the club's final Spring Training in Tucson, Ariz.
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Spring Training Info
The club record for Spring Training attendance is 136,940 set in Tucson in 2002, after winning the 2001 World Series.
General admission lawn seating that holds 4,000 people is $8 and tickets for 7,000 reserved seats in the seating bowl range from $15-$25.
Injury keeps shortstop Owings from drills
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Highly touted D-backs shortstop Chris Owings was held out of drills Wednesday with an injured left oblique muscle.
"It's not bad, but they said it's an injury you don't want to mess with," Owings said, adding that he first felt the discomfort last week while turning a double play during drills.
Owings, who was a compensation-round pick (41st overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has excelled in his first two years in the Arizona system.
The 19-year-old hit .306 in 24 games in rookie ball in 2009 and hit .298 last year for Class A South Bend.
"Hopefully, it's just a couple of days," Owings said.