Personalized pants a symbol of Shaw's arrival

Personalized pants a symbol of Shaw's arrival

PHOENIX -- How does D-backs reliever Bryan Shaw know that he's finally arrived in the big leagues?

He's got his own uniform pants.

Players get fitted for pants during Spring Training and the ones that are made for them have their name stitched onto the inside of the waistband. Last year, though, Shaw was not invited to big league camp, so when he was called up for the first of two stints on June 10, he was issued some leftover pants.

"I didn't care whose pants they were," said Shaw, who was just happy to be in the Majors.

Shaw wears his pants high up on his calf, so he was issued pants that had been made for outfielder Chris Young and former outfielder Eric Byrnes, both of whom wear their pants high.

Now Shaw has pants made specifically for him, and there's also some stability in living arrangements for him and his wife, Kristen.

Shaw and his wife moved five times last year going from Spring Training to Double-A Mobile, Mobile to Triple-A Reno, Reno to Phoenix, back to Reno and then finally Phoenix again.

"Just having the opportunity to be here with those guys again and have the chance to contribute is special," Shaw said. "Hopefully we can continue on and do better than last year."