PHOENIX -- If he seems a bit upset when meeting with reporters 10 minutes after a loss, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson asks that you cut him some slack.
"The game is over, you kind of let it out," Gibson said, referring to frustration. "I don't really get a chance to do that. If you guys like to wait 30 minutes or so, I'll be a little more upbeat for you. I've got a lot going through my mind when I talk to you guys."
Gibson was known to be a very intense player, but he generally had more time before he had to meet with the media, and he took even longer before going home to his family.
"As a player I always used to stay at the park very late," he said. "I would never go home until I got rid of it, so to speak."
In his current role, Gibson still tries to get the loss out of his system before going home, which is not always easy given a 4-12 start to the season entering Tuesday.
"My job as a manager is to try and fix it," Gibson said. "That thought process starts, and I need to get rid of them as much as I can so I can get some sleep. And then we get up and we start at it again."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.