Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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C.C. speaks ...
Posted Feb 22, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 22, 2010 at 01:06 PM
About being in the last year of his contract:
“(I) just try not to think about, think about the important stuff like winning. We got a good team this year. I don’t want to take the attention away from that. Pretty much, I’m going to do everything like I normally do. Keep everything the same and pretty much go from there.”
Will the contract and possible trade talks become a distractions?
“I’m pretty sure it will probably get to the point where it will irritate me a little bit, but me, I’m just going to try and be a professional about it, go about my business and handle it the way other players did. I’[m not the first guy to go through this. I won’t be the last. I just need to do what I do and make adjustments when I have to.”
His gut feeling about his future with the Rays:
“I don’t really know. It can go either way. I’m hoping for the best like always. Right now I really don’t know. I wish something good will come out of it. We haven’t really done too much right now, I don’t when we will.”
The best means re-signing?
“Yeah, I mean to me. I don’t know what other people’s ‘best’ is. Some people the ‘best’ might be for me to go.”
Would he take a home team discount?
“Oh, man. At this point right now, I’m just going to listen to my agent and kind of do the things that they advise me to. As far as that, I don’t have an answer for that right now. You never know.”
Does he think this could be his last year in a Rays uniform?
“It’s kind of sad when you think of it like that. I just keep in mind that’s the way things are, but the thing that keeps me going is we probably have one of the best teams here this year, and a lot of good things can happen, so I just keep looking at those things more than that side, that side of contract negotiations. Just try to keep everything positive and know that a lot of good things can come out of this year.”
Can he still play hard and keep himself healthy for a new contract?
“That’s the one thing about me, I have to play the way I play. I don’t know how to play at another level. Pretty much going to be the same. I’m not going to hold nothing back. I’m going to play hard everyday and try to do the same stuff I’ve been doing.”
Will playing surface be a factor in his future decisions?
“I don’t make a big deal about the turf. Of course it hurts every day. It’s not going to stop me from playing another 10 years or whatever that might be. You hear that sometimes, he’s getting old, he’s not going to play, I can play on this turf as long as I want to, so it’s not like I’m going to be crippled, walking with a cane. It definitely has its times where it bothers you, of course, because I’m playing on it every day, but, you know, you learn how to defeat it, you learn how to stay lose, you learn how to stretch and do the proper weight lifting and afterwards to the proper recovery programs then you’ll be fine. You have to stay a lot to get ready for it. That’s it, you got to put in the work to stay strong for it.”