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Thursday, November 29, 2007
New acquisition Scott Linebrink had this to say during his conference call this afternoon:
Why the White Sox:
“They were one of the biggest suitors. Kenny Williams came to Texas to meet with me and my wife and explained that the White Sox had been trying to get me for three years. Plus, they seemed to have the most pieces in place. There were only about three teams that were really aggressive. I think it’s a case where middle market teams are not willing to spend money on a middle reliever."
On His “Struggles” in 2007:
“It was a challenging season for me, especially with the birth of our first child about five days after I was traded from San Diego to Milwaukee. If you look at my numbers, I had about a four-week period where I struggled, but I rebounded to pitch pretty well in September (2.31 ERA, 13 SO/11.2 IP).
“It’s very important for me to come back and have a good year. There was nothing mechanically related to my struggles last season. I’ve been working out for over a month now, and I will come to spring training in the best shape of my career and ready to get outs.”
“Petco Park is definitely a nice place to pitch, but keep in mind we had to play in Arizona, Colorado and Philadelphia, and I didn’t do anything different there. When you change your philosophy or approach based on the park, that’s when you get in trouble. I will continue to be aggressive in my approach regardless of where I pitch.”