MESA, Ariz. -- Kirk Gibson likes losing about as much as most people like going to the dentist -- it can't always be avoided, but you certainly don't want to do it often.
So watching his team go 3-9-1 to start Cactus League play has not been a lot of fun for the D-backs manager, but he's trying to keep it in the proper perspective.
"I do like to win," Gibson said. "I don't care if I'm playing you in cards, I want to win. I'm not going to lie, we'd like to win more games. I can't really explain why we don't play better down here at this point. I do have confidence that we will play well when it counts. I do know we have a very talented team and I'm focused on putting that team together. I'm not going to get frustrated with them. I'm not going to allow myself to do that."
It's worth noting the D-backs were 12-25 last spring and looked bad in the process yet they still went on to win 94 games and the National League West.
"The reality of it is when we put our nine guys out there to go against the other guy's nine guys and we have our bench and bullpen it's a whole different deal," Gibson said referring to the regular season. "Quite honestly, I feel bad for the fans, but we are working hard. It's not like they're screwing off. Maybe we've consumed their minds with too much, I'm not really sure. But we'll be fine, I know that. I'm very, very confident of that."