Ready for the Future

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Adam Eaton talked a bit about the trade, what it means for his future and what he’s going to bring to the White Sox.

On being traded:

“Well, I mean it was very shocking.  This past spring training I thought I was going to be around for five to 10 years, that’s what they told me.  They went into a new direction and so have I.  I’m excited for the opportunity and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in the Midwest and in the AL Central.  As shocked as I was it was more excitement to a new beginning, new club and new city, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

On what type of player he views himself as:

“I perceive myself as whatever you want me to do I’ll do.  I don’t care if you throw me behind the plate, I’m going to make the best of it.  I’d love to be at the top of the lineup, but if that’s not where I’m needed than that’s not where I’m needed.  I’ll play anywhere at any time.  I would like to think I’m a Lenny Dykstra, Kenny Lofton kind of a guy that’s going to be a scrappy dirt bag kind of guy that’s going to get after it day in and day out, but hopefully bring in a little finesse too and a little speed and quickness and score some runs.  I think if I can hang my hat on a .300 average and score 100 runs with an on-base percentage around .400 I think I had a heck of a year.  I think it’s definitely doable and that’s what I’m shooting for this coming year.”

On his injury from last year:

“It was a very difficult time in my life and I learned a lot about myself and my wife, we were newlyweds at the time.  It was about week prior to breaking camp, I think I hit around .383-90, I was ready to go.  I was a rookie out of camp but I felt that I earned my job.  I was pumped to start the year and it comes as it did and it’s tough.  The three months that I was out we had a little bit of a setback.  I was two to three days out from actually returning and made a hard throw in Ground Rock, Texas and it kind of blew up on me again so we restarted the process of it again.  I came back fairly healthy I would say.  I don’t think I came back too soon by any stretch of the imagination.  As I heard before with these injuries every throw, especially with the outfield you don’t throw for four innings and all of a sudden you let one loose.  Throughout the rest of the season the confidence grew back in it and the strength of it came back.  It hasn’t been an issue this offseason, I haven’t thrown at all, but you can kind of feel it here and there during the injury and throughout the injury.  It’s been a lot better and I don’t think it’s going to be an issue at all during spring training.”

On the mentality of a leadoff hitter:

“To get on base at all costs.  I don’t care if I get hit in the head, hit in the ankle.  Try to see 10-12 pitches and to get on base in any, doesn’t matter, because I know with the guys we have behind us like Konerko, Dunn and Beckham and all those guys am one pitch away from scoring.  I feel like I’m in scoring position when I’m on first when there’s a ball hit in to the gap.”

On bring energy and an edge to the White Sox:

Yea definitely I think that my 5-8 stature I think a lot of people relate to it.  I definitely think I can do that and being a young guy I have to have that type of energy, I need that type of spark.  I’m excited to bring that energy to the team and whatever they need me to do I’ll do it.

On what he needs to work on:

“I think consistency, I think all of us deal with that word all the way to Miguel Cabrera to Albert Pujols to me.  Especially last year I found it more in the minor leagues, but when you get to the big league level everyone else in more consistent. So, you need to raise that level of play and I think if I can be consistent day in and day out with my approach hitting I think my defense will always be there because you can control that energy you bring in the outfield.”

On favorite team growing up and coming to Chicago being a hockey fan:

“I was a Cleveland Indians fan growing up.  I was a big mid 90s early 90s guy with Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel, I was huge fan of those guys.  I’m a huge hockey fan, grew up in Ohio never really got much into the Columbus team, but when we moved out to Arizona we never missed a game with the Coyotes.  It’s going to be a tough transition to say the least but we were willing to make it.  We heard nothing but good things about the Blackhawks and we are excited to hopefully see a few games this winter.”

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