Reynolds hopes message heard in his rant

Jul 5, 2009 - 1:21 AM By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) -- A day later, Mark Reynolds had no regrets about unloading his frustration over the Arizona Diamondbacks' lackluster play.

With the cameras rolling Friday night, the third baseman seethed, "I don't want to say guys are packing it in, but it sure seems like it."

On Satuday, Reynolds said he just hopes his disgruntled speech was taken by his teammates in the vein it was meant - he simply wants the team to get their act together.

"I back up everything I said," Reynolds said Saturday as he sat in front of his locker before the Diamondbacks faced the Rockies. "I was pretty hot. But everything I said needed to be said and brought out into the open."

The Diamondbacks are reeling right now, losing eight of their last nine games as they tumble deeper into the basement of the NL West. The team had three errors in a 5-0 loss to the Rockies on Friday, bringing their total to a league-leading 74.

"We looked like the Bad News Bears out there. It's frustrating as (expletive) out there," Reynolds said after the game. "We get behind and here we go again - we don't play hard and we lose focus."

Some of Reynolds' teammates supported his criticism, understanding why he bubbled over.

"I think there's a lack of a lot of things, the main thing being heart," said Chris Snyder, who's on the disabled list with a lower back strain. "Guys around feel like they should be owed something, everything should be given to them. They don't have to fight, they don't have to compete. They just go out there, put a smile on their face on every first and 15th of the month. Other than that, it's ho-hum ... You can't play that way."

With his speech, Reynolds wasn't trying to establish himself as the outspoken leader in the clubhouse. He was simply getting his discontent off his chest.

"It was a ticking time bomb almost," he said. "Not just me personally, I know a lot of guys in here feel the same way. I was the first one to say it. Obviously, I put a lot on the line by saying all that stuff last night, but I feel like if I make a mistake, I'm the first one to own up to it. I make a lot of mistakes - I make a lot of errors, strike out a lot. But I also feel like I do a lot of things to help the team win."

Chris Young didn't mind the tone of the message, just not the assertion the team isn't giving everything.

"I care, guys in the clubhouse care, we don't like losing," said Young, who dropped a flyball in center Friday. "It looks like guys aren't giving effort, but that's not the case. Everybody's bustin', everybody wants to win. Nobody in our clubhouse is just accepting losing."

So, did Young take offense to Reynolds saying the effort was sometimes lacking?

"I doubt if he meant it that way," Young said. "There's plenty of guys in this clubhouse who don't sleep at night because we're not winning ball games. ... Our entire clubhouse cares."

For Dan Haren, it all boils down to one thing - the mirror test.

"I don't want to speak for anyone else, but when I go out there, I get 110 pitches a game and put as much into it as I can on every pitch," Haren said. "After the game ... I can look into the mirror and tell myself that I've given that effort. I hope that everyone else can."

That was Reynolds' point to his rant.

"People in this clubhouse who heard what I said know exactly what I mean and know exactly my thoughts and feelings behind it," Reynolds said.

Snyder certainly does.

"He was fired up a little bit, but he was dead on," Snyder said. "We've lacked certain things, heart being one. At times, brains. More times than not ... guts. Those are three things that are needed to win."

To get back on track, the slumping Diamondbacks have tried team meetings and speeches, even changing managers.

So far, nothing has ignited the Diamondbacks.

"Who knows what the next step is?" Snyder said. "Grow up. Be a man."

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