Hanging out in a crowded locker room in the depths of Dodger Stadium, nearly two hours before a key inter-division game with Los Angeles, Doug Slaten is an imposing presence. At 6-foot, 5-inches, the lanky left-hander towers over a host of teammates, some as little as 5-8.
If not for his stature though, Slaten might be lost in the crowd.
Littered with arguably the best young, up-and-coming talent in Major League Baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks pre-game gathering has more the feel of a frat party than it does a clubhouse. Players battle on a nearby arcade game, others huddle around a TV showing an Atlanta Braves game, while others clown around in front of their lockers in between turns at the indoor batting cage.
Slaten chooses to partake in more low-key activity. Sitting on a leather coach, the Diamondbacks middle reliever is right at home, quietly sifting through a newspaper, catching up on world events.