Arizona mountain air gets Gibson's mind going

Arizona mountain air gets Gibson's mind going

NEW YORK -- With the D-backs at the .500 mark at 14-14 entering Sunday's series finale with the Mets, manager Kirk Gibson is looking for something to spark his team.

It was in mid-May last season that the D-backs took off, winning 17 of 19 at one point to go from fourth place to first place en route to the National League West title.

"We have to find a way -- what's the key for us to catch fire?" Gibson said. "We're right there. I guess that's for me to lay awake tonight and figure out, isn't it?"

Actually, Gibson does not stay in bed for long when his mind starts racing. Instead, he climbs Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"Maybe I'll figure it out at the top of Camelback tomorrow," Gibson said, smiling. "I've had some really good revelations up there."

More than that, though, the exercise he gets going up and down helps keep the stress in check.

"It's just a better environment than sitting in your bed looking at the ceiling," Gibson said. "When that happens, I just get up and go. I can take a nap later. I just power up and back as fast as I can."

Yes, even a hike by himself turns into a competition for the intense skipper.

"At my age, I don't go like I used to, but I go as fast as I can," Gibson said. "I try and run down and see if I can not break my ankle."