Friday, September 6, 2013

Bard Looks Forward To 'Fresh Environment'

Daniel Bard With The Cubs
Daniel Bard still looks and sounds a little dazed by what just happened to him. Being designated for assignment by the team you grew up with is always a bit of a shock. But, Bard says he's looking forward to a "fresh environment" in Chicago with the Cubs. The 28-year old Bard talked about his disastrous conversion from reliever to starter, "We tried to overhaul in spring training. Throwing more changeups, cut the ball, sink the ball, change speeds with the fastball. Things I hadn't done in the past. Overall, it just kind of got me out of my game. It's been a little bit of a journey over the past year trying to get it back. Some injuries have gotten in the way as well." The recent revisionist history that it was all Bard's idea seems contradicted by the words he is now free to speak. We will never understand why the Red Sox felt it was so necessary to mess with one of the league's premier set-up men. Now, Bard looks forward to having Theo Epstein in his corner again, "He's a guy that has seen me at my best, and he's seen me at my worst. It's pretty awesome to know you have someone like that on your side."