Tampa Bay Rays 2B/RF Ben Zobrist is about as earnest and honest as they come, and he made it clear how he feels about the season after reporting to camp on Friday morning:
"It's exciting, a new year, 2012. We're planning on winning the World Series this year. That's the goal, and from day one here looking forward that's what we're focused on."
Zobrist was the last of the rostered position players to report, meaning all were in days ahead of Sunday's first full-squad workout.
Zobrist said he focused his winter workouts on core strengthening and flexibility, and feels good heading into camp.
"I feel very prepared going into this year, I feel like my off-season was great, I feel very healthy and I worked extremely hard again to try and be ready to move around and play as many games as I can fo the club,'' he said.
He expects, as has been the case, to split time between second base and rightfield, but said he will work at other spots during the spring.
There were only three gloves in his locker when he arrived Friday morning, but said, "that's like probably half the shipment, there's more coming.''