Arizona Diamondbacks general partner Jeff Moorad chose a unique way to fire up his players on the first day of full-squad workouts.
He quoted Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.
Moorad’s message: Just win, baby.
For the record, Moorad wants the Diamondbacks to copy the mighty Raiders of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, not the team that has struggled in recent years.
“I borrowed the slogan,” Moorad told reporters after the clubhouse meeting. “I talked about the Oakland Raiders’ tradition of excellence, which was a team I followed as a kid growing up in northern California.
“I talked about some of the great players that I’d watched, from Kenny Stabler to Jack Tatum to Freddie Biletnikoff and Jim Plunkett and the like. I talked about the tradition of excellence that this organization has.”
Moorad’s speech was part of a morning meeting at Tucson Electric Park that included talks by managing general partner Ken Kendrick and new general manager Josh Byrnes. Spring training speeches tend to be forgotten by Opening Day, but the front office wanted to lay out its goals for the season.
The chief goal, of course, is to win the N.L. West for the first time since 2002.
“Each of us had our own themes,” Kendrick said. “Mine was focused around talking to them about the importance of our fans and what the fans mean to the club and what we need to do to make sure that the fans are well-cared for.”
(Arizona’s Jeff Moorad, shown above, dilligently massaging the lower regions of the man to his right)