Markakis will have the rare pleasure of going into spring training with expectations for the team heightened following the first winning season and playoff berth in 15 years.
“That’s what comes with success,” he said. “With what we did last year, people are going to be looking for us to be in the same position as last year and go further. And that’s our expectation. That’s our goal. We want to get there. The guys have been there. Hopefully I’ll be able to get there with them and you know, have fun doing it.
“You can definitely tell (the excitement) from the fans’ standpoint. It’s good to see. This will by my eighth season coming up, and the six years prior to this past season, it’s been tough. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we just couldn’t pull things together. This past season, when things go right, and everybody’s on the same page, good things happen. It’s just good to bring it back to the city, it’s good to see it in the fans. And not only the fans, but the whole country knows what the Baltimore Orioles are about now. And we’ve just got to continue with that mindset, that attitude, and play hard, and we’ll see at the end of the year where we are.”
Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
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