He’s the biggest guy on the field. Most definitely the loudest. And without a doubt, the one having the most fun. And why not. It’s a good time to be Prince Fielder. His Brewers are stacked offensively starting with Rickie Weeks at the top, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Prince in the middle, with a nice helping of Casey McGehee thrown in the mix. And now, they’ve added pitching to the mix.
“ With Zach and Shawn coming in, and we already had Yo (Yovani Gallardo) and Wolfie (Randy Wolf) and even Narvy (Chris Narveson), ya know it feels really good to know that you have five solid guys, “ Prince told ProTVSports. “On paper we look really good, but until you get out there and start playing and proving it doesn’t mean anything. But as far as talent goes, I think we have a good shot.”
And that’s because not only is the talent level high, but so is the attitude thus far in camp.
“I think there’s a little more confidence as a team because we have so much talent this year and a lot of players who have accomplished a lot of things, Fielder said. “ Not just up-and-comers but guys who have had success for a while.”
Prince continued saying he didn’t think there would be many who made a name for themselves this year, because they’ve already done that. “Casey had the 100 RBI’s. Rickie had the great year, Braunie is Braunie. I mean everybody has proven what they can do. I think that’s why there is so much confidence about this year because everybody has been playing long enough to where they know there ability and nothing is gonna be a surprise.”
It’s hard to believe but Prince is still only 26 years old despite being the owner of 192 career home runs in his 5 full years in the Bigs, and I mean five full years. Prince isn’t one to take off a day, having only missed 13 games since 2006 but he plays hard and says the goal is to just keep getting better.
“I just want to be the best I can be. You’re never perfect so that means you got to keep working at it.”
The Brewers first baseman hit 32 HR’s last year but drove in only 83 runs, 58 fewer than the year prior. A lot of that had to do with teams trying to see if Corey Hart and/or Casey McGehee were legitimate threats hitting behind Prince, which resulted in Prince leading the NL in walks with 114. Now that both of those players have answered any questions regarding their legitimacy, Prince is ready to do anything it takes to get this team back into the postseason. Even if that means running more under the tutelage of his new manager, Ron Roenicke.
“I don’t know if I’m gonna steal bases, but definitely going first to third. I think it’s gonna be lots of fun.”
You know what else is fun? Winning. Could be a very fun year in Milwaukee.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!