2004 Statistics: 41 games, .283, 6 HR 24 RBI 5 SB
How was your off-season?
The summer was good. I played in the Valley League in Virginia. It was nice to go up there and play to try to get some consistency. I came back here in the fall and worked on strength training. I wanted to get stronger and work on individual stuff.
How have things gone since the team returned in January?
Real good. It was definitely great to be back out here again. Everyone came back anxious to start the season. There is a lot of excitement around here.
How much different is it for you now then it was this time last year—your first year at Miami?
My comfort level has definitely changed. I am a lot more comfortable in the outfield this year. I got to play a whole year there last year and a little bit in the summer. I was a bit nervous there last year, but I know what to expect this year. I just have to go out there and play now. Hitting-wise I know what pitchers are good and bad.
How has your role changed this year?
I have the opportunity to play every day this year—but I had that opportunity last year too. We just had a lot of depth last year. We have depth this year, but I am more confident in my skills this year.
Who are you excited to see play this year?
I am excited to Cesar Carrillo get back out there. Also, I'm excited to see Scott Maine. He had Tommy John surgery and hopefully he can get back out on the mound. As far as hitters go, Ryan Braun is going to have a big year and Danny Figueroa. I have never really seen Danny out there in center field so I am excited about that. Of course his brother Paco too. I think Eddy Rodriguez is going to have a big year behind the plate.
What is the overall feel with this year's team?
We look at last year as a disappointment. This year we have to play harder. Last year was a bit of a wake-up call. The expectations are still real high for us. We have the hitters, pitchers, and defense to win it. It is just a matter of putting it together and we can go a long way.
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com.
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