Brian Roberts speaks

I’ll have a story on Brian Roberts  up shortly, but here’s what he had to say to the media today…

[How are you feeling?] “I’m feeling pretty good in general. I took part in some beginning baseball activities–hitting off the tee–throwing, first of all, trying to get my conditioning up–going through a systematic progression of trying to get where we want to get to.”

[More encouraged than you were earlier in the winter?] “Definitely. Every day that goes by you’re more encouraged. We’ve certainly had some rough patches for sure, but every day is a new day, and every day we’re taking a step forward at this point.”

[on dealing with an injury without a timeline] “I think that’s probably the hardest part. I didn’t think I’d ever go though a harder injury than I did
in ’05. When I walked off that field in ’05, I didn’t think I’d ever experience anything worse, but once I had the surgery, I had a timeline. Essentially once I was done with the surgery, I knew within six or eight or ten months, I’d probably be feeling good. With this, there is no timeline. That’s hard mentally-that they can’t tell you. It could disappear every day. More likely, it’s going to be a progression.”

[on if Opening Day is possible] “I can’t go that far. I don’t go backwards any more, and I don’t go too far forward. At this point, I wake up, and it’s Friday morning, and that’s today, and I say, ‘this is going to be a great day. I’m going to do everything that ehy allow me to do today and tomorrow morning–Saturday morning-I’m going to do the same thing. If that results in me being in Baltimore on April 6, I will be grateful–for sure. If that ends up being some other day, then so be it, but at this point, I take it day-by-day–as cliche as that is. That’s probably what we all should do in life, but at this point, that’s what I do.”

[Do you talk to the doctors every day?] “Almost every night, we go through what I did that day and what I want to accomplish the next day. Based on how you’re feeling, you kind of move along with that.”

[on if he's had moments where he said it's not going to happen] “I think everyone in life has moments of doubt–things that they’re doing. I’ve
had times when I’m healthy that I said, ‘God, I can’t do this any more.’ I don’t mean that negatively. At any point in life, sometimes you don’t think you’re that good at what you do and through this, I’ve had my tough days. I’d be lying if I said, I didn’t have some really, really tough days and some days where you had to think pretty deeply about where your life was going and what you still wanted to accomplish and still could accomplish, but all along I couldn’t listen to those thoughts as much as the professionals who deal with it who were telling me, ‘we’re going to get there. We are going to get there.’ Unfortunately, it’s always on your own timeframe.”

[Will you still slid headfirst to bases?-Change the way you play?] “I’ve been asked that question–obviously–a bunch of times. I don’t know
that I can sit here and answer that today. I think you have to play instinctively. If you don’t play instinctively, I think you have as much chance of getting hurt as trying to change. However, as you evolve as a player, and you evolve over time, you change things in general. I don’t work out like
used to work out. I don’t do a lot of things like I did when I was 23–not in a negative way. There are some things I’ve thought about it, and I
will continue to think about. My main objective is to be on the field every day. I want to play 162 games for the Orioles. My main objective
is to try and help the Orioles win games–to help those guys in the locker room be the best they can be–and that’s my goal every single day. If I can do that when I get on the field. I can’t answer that today.”

[on being back with his teammates] “As we had our first meeting last night and Buck [Showalter] and some of the members of the organization, talked about the meaning of a team, there’s nothing else like it in the world. Being a part of a locker room and one of 25 guys, the camaraderie, and having each other’s backs and supporting each other and caring about each other and enjoying the ups and even the downs, I miss that enormously. There’s nothing that can replace that and you only have a short window to do that, and to think you’re missing out on any of that in that short window you have to go out there and play major league baseball is very difficult. To go out there and be a part of that atmosphere, there’s nothing like that atmosphere. I love being in that atmosphere. I enjoy being a part of it. That’s why we’re here. That’s what we love to do.”

[things you’ve learned about yourself?) “Things I already knew. There’s more to life for me than baseball. There always has been, and there always will be. I love the game to death. I do. It’s given me and afforded me a lot of great opportunities in life, a lot of great memories, a lot of great relationships, a lot of great moments. But, I live by my faith. I trust that God has a plan for my life. I think it goes a lot farther than baseball for me. It put it in perspective for me that I probably haven’t had it put in perspective for a long time–to know that this can be taken away from you every day. Tomorrow isn’t promised–to be breathing–much less to be playing baseball. Sure I’ve learned
some things.”

[plan now is to come in with the team and go as long as you can?]
“Sure, I’d love to be with them the whole day. I’ll be with them as much as the doctor will allow me to be with them every day and right now, that’s to go out and stretch and play catch and then go off and do everything I can to be ready to play as soon as possible and we’ll adjust that day-by-day.”

3 Comments

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pretty cool interview. hope he can make it back soon.

Sounds to me that Brian is doing everything he can to get back. However reading between the lines, this is only my opinion based on 30+ yrs.exp.dealing with extremely competitive people, once the conversation turns to other things are more important in life so on and so on, competitive edge is lost and while you think you are trying as hard as you can in reality you are not honestly able to give it that same intensity and energy you once had. As he said there are more important things in life than baseball, to him. Good luck Brian with your next phase of life. It’s been great watching, rooting and enjoying the way played the game. like a pro’s pro.Now who is going to take over at 2nd. No doubt Andino. That leaves the O’s short on a super sub. One way or another, unfortunately Brian’s loss will have a much bigger negative affect on the team then one might think. Here’s hoping I am wrong and everything works it’s way out in a positive way. O’s4ever

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