Jackie Bradley says he’s going ‘all Marshawn Lynch’ this time around
|02.04.15 at 1:31 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s still almost three weeks before spring training officially kicks off for the entire Red Sox team, but Jackie Bradley is still making a point of setting the stage for his 2015 in these early days of February.
Bradley has been spending his days in and around JetBlue Park for more than a month now, often executing days similar to Tuesday’s schedule — more than three hours of hitting, fielding, running and lifting.
And, Tuesday, there was also the opportunity to express his intended approach to other things, as well.
What Bradley was referencing, of course, was his goal of duplicating the Seattle Seahawks‘ running back’s interview style. Lynch has made a practice of offering little to no insight in interviews, letting his on-field actions tell his tale.
Considering the uneasiness that accompanied Bradley’s 2014 season, he feels a need to simplify things … Beast Mode style.
“I just focus on me. I have to do what I’ve got to do. I don’t even talk about it to anybody,” Bradley told WEEI.com after his Tuesday workout. “Action speaks louder than words, and that’s pretty much this whole year is going to be. I won’t have much to say. I’m just going to go out there and take care of business.”
All things considered, it’s understandable.
Explaining what transpired in ’14 became increasingly difficult for Bradley, who never found any sort of offensive groove to complement Gold Glove-level defense. He finished with a .198 batting average and .531 OPS, both of which would be at the bottom of big leaguers if his 423 plate appearances qualified to be counted.
Then came a 1-for-36 stretch to end the season, making for an uneasy exit from his second major league season.
So it was no mystery that Bradley would be looking to get away and find the approach that would get him back to the status he carried two spring trainings ago.
“Just me and family time,” he said when asked what his offseason entailed. “Just doing me.”
“Just doing me,” he reiterated. “Just came in here blank slate and started doing what I normally do. It’s just having faith in myself, believing in myself and trusting myself.”
Bradley has put on eight pounds of muscle, tipping the scales at 200 pounds for the first time in his career.
While the Red Sox’ outfield conversation rarely involves the 24-year-old these days, if he is able to turn in the kind of offensive production of his 2013 exhibition season (hitting .419 with a 1.120 OPS) the conversation will surely change.
“I feel great right now. I’m in a good place,” he said. “There’s no difference for me. I use spring training to get ready for the season. That’s when everything counts. That’s what I’m focused on. Get ready for the season, and April, and let everything else work itself out.
“Action, not words. Words are gone now this year. Put up or shut up.”
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