PHILADELPHIA -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had no problem with Paul Goldschmidt's takeout slide of Dodgers second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. in Wednesday's 4-0 win, calling it "just a good baseball play."
The slide caused quite a stir when Hairston said afterward that it was dirty and that Goldschmidt should be suspended.
"It's totally unacceptable," Hairston said after the game. "He jumped over the bag to get to me. He was seven feet past the bag. It was terrible."
Asked his thoughts on Friday for the first time since Hairston's remarks, Gibson said he thought it was "a good, hard slide" and "not a big deal."
"I think we played really hard last series," the skipper said before Friday's series opener against the Phillies. "I would never encourage us to do anything that wasn't within the rules. We do play hard. And I like when we play hard."