Will Middlebrooks was interviewed today and had a lot to say about his injury, his rehab and his chomping at the bit, ready and raring to go attitude.
Middlebrooks said he was “One-hundred percent” ready for the 2013 season. “The wrist is awesome. I think I can say it’s one-hundred percent,” Middlebrooks told MLB.com’s Evan Drellich. “I’ve had a normal offseason of work outs and am already hitting again…The biggest thing is just stay hungry and stay in the video room because pitchers know how to attack you.”
Middlebrooks also talked about his teammates. “Everyone I have talked to is beyond ready to get started,” said Middlebrooks. “It’s hard for me to speak on this because I wasn’t here when the team was, you know, winning World Series’. I was watching it on TV just like you. But I know all those guys that have been there and won, that’s not a normal year for those guys so they’re just ready to get back and prove themselves.”
Middlebrooks’ remarks have a familiar ring, reminiscent of the same theme recently cranked out by a Red Sox marketing machine hell bent on erasing last year’s humiliation.
Over the past week I have received two emails in my inbox from Red Sox Ticketing, one featuring Dustin Pedroia and the other David Ortiz, neither one looking like they’re in much of a mood to celebrate anything except kicking someone’s ass. Pedroia’s email features a close up of a half shaven Pedey with the headline “WHAT’S BROKEN CAN BE FIXED” across his face. A similarly art directed Ortiz email says “162 CHANCES TO RESTORE THE FAITH.”
It appears the message delivered by Red Sox Nation has been heard loud and clear by the players and front office.
Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy
Cause summers here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy
- Street Fighting Man, Rolling Stones