By Jake Peavy
Special to CSNChicago.com
With spring training right around the corner, I am ready and eagerly anticipating the fresh start. I love getting back to Spring Training to see all the boys, but the best part is the anticipation that comes with it. Every club and every player has a new beginning and an optimistic outlook on the upcoming season. It's where you can put aside the past and move ahead full speed with excitement and promise of a new season.
Robin Ventura brings a fresh face, energy and style to our club. He was an incredible player who embodied fierce competitiveness and tenacity. He played the game the right way and I am excited about what he brings to our club as our new manager.
I believe the AL Central is a great division, but does not always get the hype deserved. Just look at what the Tigers did last year beating the mighty Yankees, so to speak, in the playoffs. Kansas City has a great squad full of young promising talent, and you can never overlook the left-handed bats that Cleveland sends to the plate. With that being said, we have our work cut out for us to make a run at a division title.
Do I feel we have the talent capable of doing so? Absolutely! However, we do need some great bounce-back years from guys who have performed at All-Star caliber levels in the past, myself included. With finally being healthy and an off season not filled with rehab, I feel I can return to the level of play I have in the past.
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See y'all this weekend at Soxfest 2012.