Ft. Myers, FL - On a team that made no major changes from a year ago, maybe the most significant improvement was adding depth at 1st base. 33 year old sean Casey, a career .301 hitter leaves the detroit Tigers for a one year, 800 thousand dollar deal with the Red Sox.
"Oh, it's great. I think you always want to play with Boston at some pint in your career. For me to have an opportunity, I'm just excited about it, " said Casey.
Asked if he wanted to be here long tern, Casey responded, "Geez, I'd love to be here long term. I'm just going to take it this year and see what happens and hopefully get another championship."
For Casey this will be a significant role change. Late last season the Tigers were already grooming Carlos Guillen for the 1st base job so Casey was got a taste of what it was like to come off the bench . Now, he'll be doing it on a regular basis.
"You never have enough guns. For me that's the biggest thing so for me it's just getting the at bats whenever Tito needs me go get in there, come in whenever they need me to pinch hit late in the game or give Youk or Lowell a day I think that's pretty much going to be my role. "
Generally perceived as one of the nicest guys in the game, Casey's been an easy fit with the Red Sox.
"It's been great. this organization's great," said Casey. "It's first class. You know spring training's been great the fans have been great out here. A lot of them. The team's just a great bunch of guys."
Casey's no stranger to the Green Mountain state...There's a Burlington connection.
"My sister and brother-in-law and their kids they were up there for about 13 years. we went up there alot and it's beautiful up there. Burlington is a beautiful place to live. "
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