Via Mark Feinsand -
Ian Kennedy took the mound Friday with one thought in his head: attack the hitters and throw strikes.
“If everybody is healthy, I’ll probably be (at Triple-A) Scranton,” Kennedy said. “But no matter how many people are signed, my whole goal was to come to spring training, be ready to go and compete for a job.”
Apparently, Joe Girardi’s repeated advice to go after hitters instead of nibbling around the plate has finally hit home for Kennedy.
“I learned a lot,” Kennedy said. “When you’re in the middle of it, it’s really frustrating, but you have to grow and learn from it. It was a learning process that I think will make me better as my career goes on.”
Kennedy acknowledged that he took his spot in the rotation for granted last spring, but he vows not to ever do that again as he starts his road back to the big leagues.
Maybe those sessions with Tom House have helped Kennedy too? No question, he was rushed last year. Then again, maybe we should take what Kennedy does this spring with a grain of salt? He fooled me last year.
Therefore, when it comes to Ian Kennedy, the rule on him, now, should be: “Fool me once. Shame on you. Fool me twice. Shame on me.”