The weather is finally starting to cooperate at Clemson and the Tigers preseason baseball camp is underway. Earlier this afternoon skipper Jack Leggett met with the media to preview the fast approaching season. Notable among Leggett’s comments were his football “win every game” mentality, which is as strong as ever, playing with a chip on their shoulder because of the lack of respect in the preseason polls and counting on some freshman to contribute.
Head Coach Jack Leggett quotes of note:
On freshman class
“We have a really good incoming freshman class. They have been working extremely hard and have been really good examples for the older guys. They don’t take anything for granted and have worked extremely hard. I have been impressed with them.
“With that said, we have some good guys coming back. We don’t have a whole lot of home runs back from last year’s team. The bats have changed and the game has changed a little bit and you have to change with the times. We have to be able to bunt, run, hit and run, run the bases very well, play good defense, and pitch in order to win.”
On the team’s power:
“Jon McGibbon is a player who has some power. Shane Kennedy is a guy I think could hit in the middle of the lineup. Steve Wilkerson is a guy who could hit a couple home runs as well. For the most part, we just need to put the ball on the ground and run and play good defense and pitch and be fundamentally sound.”
On the team’s expectations:
“I told these players the other day…I always think we are going to win every game. Going into the season, we are going to be 56-0. Going in to every single game, I expect to win.
“I don’t really put much stock into preseason polls, even when we are ranked #1 or #10. I never put much thought into it or even mention it to the team. I did mention this one to the team, because if we play with a chip on our shoulder and practice with a chip on our shoulder, we might be a better team because of it.”