By David Schuster-
MESA, Ariz. (CBS) – One thing is for sure, it will be a lot quieter at White Sox camp this spring.
Robin Ventura takes over for Ozzie Guillen, and though both are very competitive men, they couldn’t be more opposite in personalities. Ventura met the media for the first time in Arizona on Wednesday and touched bases on a multitude of topics.
The new Sox manager is itching to get going.
“I’m tired of looking at papers and reports, he said. “It’s nice to actually get here and see guys in uniform and see guys hitting and throwing – that’s the fun part. It has seemed like a long time since I got hired. It will be nice to have the whole squad in camp and get going”.
Seemingly, there are few spots up for grabs on the Sox roster, but Ventura gave no glimpses into how he’s leaning.
“It’s open for going through the spring and seeing how guys do,” Ventura said. “I have a lot of ideas that I’m probably going to keep between myself and the coaching staff. I’m not going to pinpoint anything right now. We’re just going to go forward and see how it goes”.
As for the low expectations that are being placed on the team with Detroit the prohibitive favorite, Ventura responded: “Detroit has kind of earned the favorite’s role from what they did last year and during the offseason, but it’s not going to change the way we approach anything. We’re not going to concede anything to anybody. We’re going to go about playing the right way, so it’s fine that people say what they say, but it’s not going to change my attitude or my team’s attitude”.
And make no mistake – though Ventura is a first-time manager, there’s no doubt who is in charge.
“It’s my way or the highway,” he said.