Reporter: "Did you fly in just to make the appearance?"
Buxton: "I did. That's it. Then I'm going back home."
Reporter: "That's a long day for a good cause."
Buxton: "It is, but for the kids, and for the fans, it's worth it."
Reporter: "Can I ask about the whole hub-bub at the end of the year?"
Buxton: "I mean, you probably won't get nuttin' out of me. I mean, it's business... they did what they did, I do what I do, at the end of the day, I'm still gonna keep playing hard, still wanna play in Minnesota, still wanna play beside my teammates, that's all that matters."
Reporter: "Were you, um..."
Buxton: "Pissed? Yes. I ain’t sugarcoating nuttin'".
Reporter: "It appears you might need to win your job back?"
Buxton: “Apparently so. That’s how I looked at it. I didn’t finish the year here. I have no idea what they want from me now.”
Falvey’s response: “We don’t view it that way. He’s our starting center fielder. That’s who Byron Buxton is. That’s clear to us moving forward.”
Buxton spoke about changes he has made to his hitting approach.
Buxton: "It’s my swing, my thought process, my thinking. Everything with my swing now is me. I didn’t go to no hitting coach. I didn’t go work out with nobody. I worked out by myself, I hit by myself and that’s where it’s going to stay."
Reporter: Can you elaborate on the changes you made over the off-season?
Buxton: "It took last year to happen for me to figure this out. I take last year as a positive sign for me. It allowed me to free my mind, and it allowed me to go [through] this off-season clearly, to get me where I am today. Everything is out of my head. I’m clearer now than I ever was."
There are some good things he has said peppered in these quotes, but overall, the comments are still pretty defiant for someone who has a .230 AVG and .672 OPS over the course of 4 seasons and about 1,000 ABs. I like the confidence, and if frustration has caused him to work his tail off and prepare, that is great. He is like 5 for 8 this spring, and that is a good sign. I'd like to see him hit at that rate all year. What is not a good sign to me is the grimacing at the camera, talking about "going home", when he's still standing there at the hospital. Saying he is "pissed" and not sugarcoating anything. Saying he has no idea what the team wants from him. Saying he's not going to hit with a hitting coach and that's where it's going to stay.
I don't know. Maybe it's just me, but maybe it would be better if he did not sound off about how he's going to do things his own way at this point in his career. He says that he is mentally more clear now than ever, but his quotes do not really align with that. And then we have Falvey coming out right after the hospital quotes and saying Buxton is starting. I don't see any other players coming out and saying some of these type of things. Is it because they know they are not golden boys? Need to tighten this up.
Edited by DrNeau, 27 February 2019 - 09:25 PM.