Pre-Opening Day Dave
Manager Dave Trembley alternated between the practical and philosophical during his media briefing before today's offday workout at Camden Yards. Here are a few nuggets from that session:
On Opening Day: "I'm anxious for Opening Day. It's a special time for everyone. It's a new season for the Baltimore Orioles. We're anxious to get going and get off to a good start."
On Monday starter Jeremy Guthrie: "Guthrie is a man of pride and his work habits are very good. When you're not doing well, you look for answers. He's healthy. He had a good side session. We expect him to pitch well tomorrow."
On the strengths of the club: "Flexibility ... interchangeable parts ... not just position players but also in our bullpen."
On the weaknesses of the club: "I'm very much aware of all the question marks on this club, but let's give it a chance."
On the team's diminished expectations: "I have a tremendous amount of faith. I understand what the expectations are on the other side of the coin, but I also understand what our expectations are. I think attitude is a big part of it. ... Truthfully, I think we're a lot better than a lot of people think."
On the elephant in the room: "It comes down to how you pitch. For every team, it comes down to starting pitching. I guess we're a little different because of how many unproven candidates we had. I think that question is going to be there all year. I certainly understand that."
On his general feelings about managing this year's team: "I appreciate it probably more. I think as you get older you realize there are things in life that are very special. It has hit home a lot of times -- this doesn't happen to everybody. You appreciate it and want to make the most of it and represent the team, the franchise and the city well. ... I've been on so many buses and I'm standing here with 50 people crowded around me. Who would have thought that?"