Take a look! It is mid-August and carefully note who is on top in the National League West! Apparently, even according SF Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow, those snakes are not going away anytime soon. The brand of baseball being played down in the desert is just plain fun to watch. It is hardball at its finest. The management, on and off the field, continues to set a paradigm consistent with winning baseball. Play on the field demonstrates bulldog, hardcore toughness. Kurt Gibson and staff continue to provoke an aggressive, intelligent style. A descriptive moment, overlooked by many, took place during rookie Paul Goldschmidt’s first major league game. A simple look at Goldschmidt’s first day in “the Show” demonstrates the Diamondback paradigm. First, it was a courageous “call up” from AA ball in Mobile. Second, in the heat of a pennant race on the road against the division team to beat, the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants, Gibson courageously place the rookie in the starting line up on his first night in a Diamondback varsity uniform. Number 44 responds in his first AB by lining a frozen rope base hit to right field! In his next AB Goldschmidt drove a ball to dead centerfield that was run down and caught at the base of the fence at AT&T. Mark Grace had it right when he noted on the broadcast that the ball Goldschmidt hit would have been a triple in the minors, but major league outfielders cover a whole lot more ground! Paul’s next AB was the most reflective of the D-Back style. By his third AB Giant pitcher Matt Cain figured out that the young first baseman was not a good candidate to give a steady diet of fastballs. So in AB number three Cain fed Goldschmidt off speed, slider and even a 2-0 curve until the count climbed to 3 balls and no strikes. Amazingly, but consistent with Arizona aggressiveness, the rookie was given the ultimate managerial vote of confidence by being given the “green light” on the 3-0 pitch. He ripped at the fastball, fouling it straight back and barely missing another line drive! The next night in San Francisco, overlooked by absolutely no one, was the fact that Paul Goldschmidt hit his first major league homerun off double Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum putting the D-Backs ahead 2-1 while providing the margin of victory elevating the Arizona crew into a tie for 1st place in the West. This a reason why the D-Backs are not going away soon: they play hard, they play as a team and they play without fear.