D-backs Look for Rock 'n' Roll Pitching from Bronson Arroyo

The Diamondbacks believe Bronson Arroyo will help give them the pitching they need to win the West.

"You just threw some shit at me. You thought you were gonna get backfire because that's what everyone else is gonna do to you," Arroyo recalls. "And I just went, 'Yeah, you're probably right, bro.'"

Arroyo bought the guy a drink and engaged him in a pleasant conversation.

That's the other side of Bronson Arroyo. Outside baseball — and his meticulous diet and exercise routines — he's a happy-go-lucky guy.

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He's often spotted at bars, but he says he hardly drinks — he just likes interacting with people. He'll hang out with just about anyone, from an MLB player with a bad reputation to some old lady he meets at the ballpark to the jackass at the bar.

He's earned that good-guy reputation over the years, but he's also earned a rep as an oddball.

"I've always been a bit of a mixed bag," he says.

This became clear to him back in 2004, when his then-wife pointed out that he was driving around Boston in a Hummer, with his hair in cornrows, listening to Toby Keith on the stereo.

Not long after that, after he won a World Series ring as a member of the Red Sox, he released his own album, Covering the Bases, loaded with covers of '90s rock songs like Pearl Jam's "Black" and Toad the Wet Sprocket's "Something's Always Wrong." According to Billboard, the album debuted at number two on its "Heatseekers" chart in 2005.

Arroyo's known for bringing his guitar on road trips during the season, and he says his new Diamondbacks teammates already have been exposed to his musical talent.

He says this team's different from any he's been on, in the sense that fellow players value an acoustic set of Alice in Chains.

Turns out, second baseman Aaron Hill and outfielder Mark Trumbo play guitar, too, and Trumbo also plays drums, so rock 'n' roll's a mainstay in the D-backs' clubhouse.

Arroyo says he'll probably make another album once he's done with baseball, but he's in no rush to commit to anything.

He wants the next album to include his original work, and instead of having the backing of professional session musicians, as on Covering the Bases, he'd like to have his friends with him in the studio. (Some of his friends happen to be in the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gnarls Barkley.)

Despite talk of life after baseball, and despite his 37 years, Arroyo acts like he's not approaching the twilight of his career. He says he's always been 18 at heart and doesn't believe in the concept of being "too old" for anything.

Well, except for cornrows. Then, again, he won't rule them out.

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