Bickley: Jeff Mathis the surprising X-factor for Arizona Diamondbacks' 2018 season
Jeff Mathis sits at his locker. A white tube sock covers his right hand. He is rubbing oil into every nook and calloused corner of his catcher's mitt. His brow is furrowed and his commitment seems absurd, like a car collector waxing his Lamborghini.
“It's like putting lotion on your body,” he said. “You have to take care of your skin.”
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