For Greg Bird, 2017 was supposed to be his breakout year. After a phenomenal spring training it looked like he was even better than advertized.
But he began the season in a slump before going down with an injury that'd keep him out until August. Once he did return and worked off the rust, Bird delivered what many expected of him. Now, ahead of 2018, he's desperate to show everyone what he can do over a full season.
"I think people saw it, but I want to do it for a full season, I've got to do it for a full season," Bird said, via Erik Boland of Newsday. "That's what it's all about. I'm not going to lie, I'm anxious to show it, I want to. It's what I've wanted to do."
All in all, Bird can't wait for spring training to start.
"It's been an interesting couple of years, but I can't wait," Bird said. "I like playing, I like being back, this I where I like to be, where I want to be, doing it with these guys. You can't get any better than that."
The Yankees are expected to have one of the best offenses in baseball in 2018. Behind Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner, Bird and others, they won't struggle to put runs on the board. As for the other side of the game, Bird wants people to know how good he thinks the pitching staff can be, too.
"I think there's a lot of possibilities there (with the offense), but I think our pitching staff has a chance to be really good, too," Bird said. "That's going to carry us. The offense will be good and I think that pitching staff, they can do a lot of damage. So you match those up and you've got a great team. And then you make it a good clubhouse like it is, and you've got an even better one."