SAN DIEGO -- When D-backs manager Kirk Gibson invited some Navy SEALs to speak to the team last spring, they passed along one of their mottoes: Deal with it. It became something Gibson and the players referred to often during the season. Tuesday, one of the SEALs visited the D-backs before batting practice and presented Gibson with a brass plate that he displayed on his desk in the visiting manager's office. It reads "Deal With It" with the D in the form of the D-backs logo.
The plate rests on a pair of 50-caliber shell casings. "Their job is to accomplish their mission and all live," Gibson said of the SEALs. "It kind of helps us keep things in perspective, we appreciate what they do, No. 1." Respect for the men and women serving in the armed forces is one of the reasons Gibson emphasizes to his players that they should be standing in front of the dugout for the national anthem each game. "You'll see great participation from our team," Gibson said. "Virtually everybody is out there every day, because of what our armed forces do for us and people who put their lives at risk to preserve our freedom."