Willie Bloomquist had what has become his signature Diamondbacks' at-bat Saturday. After taking a strike, he doubled down the right-field line. He stayed inside the ball and found an open landing place. Kelly Johnson once said he saw the same approach every time Bloomquist hit, and he sounded envious when he said it.
Healthy again after missing virtually all of the final two months of 2012, Bloomquist appears to be back in form, and he will not give an inch in the competition for the D-backs starting shortstop spot, even as some national reports indicate that newcomer Cliff Pennington is the top candidate.
"Thats fuel to my fire," Bloomquist said before leaving Diamondbacks camp to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
"Ive never gone into the season with a mindset of being a backup. If thats what ultimately happens, thats what ultimately happens. But I wasnt raised to sit and watch. Being a competitor, I dont like watching. I always feel like I can be a guy out there s...