Amidst a rather depressing week of downcast season ticket holder confabs and inscrutable front office firings, we're in dire need of a reason for optimism for this coming season. Which is why it warms our chilled heart to read this story from the Everett (WA) Daily Herald on Travis Snider's personal outlook for 2009.
Sure, every player worth his salt is going to come out and say that he's not resting on his laurels for the coming season. But there's something about Snider's tone (assuming we're reading this right) that gives us a bit of that hope thing that's been going around lately.
"J.P. told me, 'You had a good showing up here and we're proud of the way you handled yourself, but be hungry. Come in ready to compete.' That's always been my attitude toward these kinds of things, and I'm just excited to have the opportunity."
You stay hungry, kid. (Just lay off the barbecue.)
Now if only there was some inspirational story about Adam Lind's off season progress out there, we might be able to sleep well again.