Like a good opening act, Troy Glaus was first to warm up reporters on the final day. He believes the eye problems that hindered him at the beginning of last season have been resolved. Doesn't think it had much to do with his power struggles at the beginning of the season but does believe the "48 degree temperatures" did. Glaus has noticed the glut of third baseman in the minor leagues and wishes them the best. Hopes they have lots of success "in three to four years". He tries not to think too much about it being his contract year. He does believe that if the team has a successful year he will as well. Doesn't really look into his success in the field last season. He feels the surface at Busch Stadium is fantastic and that it could be that the pitching staff was keeping hitters off balance. That way no really hard balls were hit his way.
Adam Wainwright is looking forward to a season in which he makes all his starts so all the other numbers will fall into place. The right-hander started throwing on January 1 and made his second bullpen session earlier in the day. If healthy, he believes this rotation could stack up against anyone, including the Chicago Cubs. Looks for Wellemeyer to be outstanding in 2009. "Waino" believes that "he has really figured it out." When asked about CC Sabathia's contract, "I wish I was a 6'5 hard-throwing lefty." He would offer advice to young relievers Chris Perez and Jason Motte if asked. He doesn't want to seem like a "know-it-all." Admits that they have better stuff than he does.
Newly acquired shortstop Khalil Greene welcomes the change but was not relieved to be traded. He feels like he is more of a run producer than a table setter. Blames his inability to remain consistent for not being able to find a constant spot in the batting order. Would like to be in a spot "to do damage." Thought at times last season in San Diego it was more about padding batting averages than winning. Feels that he plays better when games are played to be won. Once the struggles started, it started to spiral downward.
Kyle Lohse is enjoying the security that his new contract brings. If Wainwright and Carpenter are healthy, he thinks the rotation is impressive. On the timing of his deal, "I finally timed something good." On his 2008, with the help of Dave Duncan, he was able to make adjustments that helped him be consistent. Wonders if the team will be able to find this year's "Kyle Lohse."
Yadier Molina is excited about playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Hopes this team "can go all the way." He has been working out with a trainer in Puerto Rico and has lost 10-15 pounds. During his workouts, he has been working on strengthening his knees. Molina reports feeling 100% for the upcoming season. Feels good about wining his first Gold Glove.
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