“It’s a very different ‘JP’ than I was eight years ago”... He’s right! 2005 - OPS+84 ~ 2012 - OPS+95. Go JP Go!
In 2008, a year after signing a five-year, $44 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pierre saw his playing time reduced for the first time in his career. The Dodgers wanted to give more time to up-and-coming stars Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
“I didn’t handle it well at all,’’ Pierre said. But he said his outlook changed in 2009 in part because of his religious faith. That continues to affect his attitude.
“I signed a minor-league deal last year. If that was six years ago I would have said I was done playing. I wouldn’t even have done that just because of my pride,’’ he said. ‘Now, all of that is set aside. I can go back and have fun.’’
...Pierre plans to live during spring training at his house in the Broward County city of Parkland, so that means he will to set his alarm for 5 a.m. at the latest.
“I think we are going to surprise a few people,’’ he said. “I know the media, we’ll surprise you all, too, a little bit. When we pull from the same cord, some special things can happen.’’
Posted: January 15, 2013 at 08:00 PM | 30 comment(s)
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