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Shawns 1998 Journal

January 22, 1998
I have been doing some traveling as of late. Toronto had their annual caravan, where we travel to different cities to promote the upcoming season.

We went to four cities in five days. We were in Vancouver for two days, which is a nice city. Accompanying me on the trip were Ed Sprague, Chris Carpenter, and our one-time team member Dave Stieb. We had the opportunity to workout one day, but because of the cold, we worked out in the ballroom of one of the places. We actually played catch in this beautiful room, but we were of course very careful not to make any wild throws.

We traveled to Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, dealing with all of the different media types of each city. We ate breakfast in Edmonton, lunch in Calgary, and had dinner in Winnipeg. I guess you can tell from that, we didn't go hungry. We got the chance to go to many NHL functions, which we a lot of fun. Overall, our trip was very enjoyable and fun for the cities involved.

I have had some time to do a few other things as well. Some of the movies that I have seen recently were Titanic and Good Will Hunting. Both are worth seeing. I still want to see Falling and As Good As It Gets.

I have been working out quite often, since spring training is just around the corner. I usually lift in the morning to mid-day, and in the evening I like to go back and get some cardiovascular work in. We should be a very competitive team this year. We will be even stronger when Carlos Delgado gets back from recent surgery. Our pitching should be very strong if everyone is healthy, and we can surely score some runs to support our taff. All of this will make for a very interesting year.

March 4, 1998

Greetings from Spring Training! Things are going great here, and it's good to get back into the swing of things. The bulk of the heavy conditioning is over, and now games have started, so it feels like things are finally getting under way. We have a lot of new faces here this year -- players, coaches, assistants, etc. Our new strength and conditioning coach, Brian, has been working us really hard and had all of us good and tired at the end of the day. Thankfully my preparations of running, lifting weights, throwing and hitting regularly in the off-season helped me enter the conditioning program at a comfortable level.

One nice thing that has changed this year from last, is that there is very little down-time during the day. No standing around waiting, and the workouts move quickly and are very demanding.

As far as doing anything social in my spare moments, I really have not had the energy or time. All of us are so tired by the end of each day that all we want to do is wind down and go to bed!

I'm excited for the Blue Jays this year -- it looks like the acquisitions the team made in the off-season are going to help us a lot. Canseco, Stanley and Fletcher will help our depth. We have a lot of young hitters who have the potential to break out and have big years, which is exciting. And our pitching staff is one of the best in the league, and my guess is that they will exceed everyone's expectations.

That's all for now. I'll be checking in regularly to keep you posted on developments! Thanks for tuning in!!

March 23, 1998

Hi everyone!
Spring Training is winding down here for the Blue Jays and we're almost ready for the start of the new season. The team is starting to come together as time goes along which is important since we've added quite a few new players. I'm still trying to get some more hits because I haven't been getting as many as I would like so far this Spring. Although another way of looking at is that it's good that I'm not getting too many hits right now because I don't want to waste them -- I wouldn't want to run out of hits halfway through the season!

Everyone is just trying to get their swings down and get into game shape. I've been working with the hitting coach of course and lifting weights when I'm not working on fundamentals and fielding. It's all about being ready for April 1st. Other than that I haven't been doing much! During Spring Training I don't get to do a lot outside of baseball. It's just too tiring. I usually like to see movies but I'm afraid I don't have any reviews for you right now!

I'll talk to you soon and let you know how the start of the season looks.
Let's Go Blue Jays!

April 7, 1998

Greetings from Minnesota! (Ah, yes, back to the life of hotel rooms, room service and life on the road.) The team is off to a pretty good start. We're currently 2 and 3, but we should have won two of the games that we lost. No one is discouraged or dwelling on our record -- we all know we're capable of playing better and soon we will be playing better than that record implies.

Our bats are starting to come around and look stronger at the plate. Our pitching is also starting to improve and get into the groove of the season. We know we still have some things to work on, but overall we're happy with our start.

I haven't had any hits in the last two games, but nevertheless I'm starting to feel pretty good at the plate. Hopefully I'll continue to feel better and better as the weeks go on. I'm being patient with my game, still getting used to being in the rotation day in, day out. It feels great to be a continual part of the Jays lineup.

We're at the start of a somewhat long road trip -- Minnesota, Texas and finishing in Kansas City. I'll try to check in again from a hotel somewhere along the way!! Thanks for your support,

May 11, 1998

Hey everyone,
Sorry it's been a few weeks since I've updated my journal. The team has been doing a lot of travelling so it's been a little difficult for me to keep in touch.

The team has been doing well the last week or so. We had two big wins where we came from behind to win. I think we're on the right track now and getting in to the swing of things. As a result of those wins, the energy in the clubhouse is very high and hopefully we can carry that over into some more wins. It's good to have Carlos Delgado back in the lineup, he is always a threat to go deep. He had a grand slam in a game last week and went 5 for 5 so he gives our opponents something else to worry about.

Fortunately and unfortunately we're in the toughest division in the league. It forces us to play very competitive games and always play really hard. We had a few tough runs at the beginning of the season which hurt us a little, but hopefully the other teams in the league will eventually go through that phase and we can take advantage of it and improve our standing. Hopefully our "rocky" time has passed and we'll keep winning steadily from here on out.

I'm still working on improving my game, trying to fine tune my swing and get things right. But it's been getting better and I only look to improve more as the season continues. Thanks for your support and I'll talk with you next week.

May 18, 1998

Hey everyone, Well it's good to be back home here in Toronto after that last road trip, especially since this weekend is Victoria Day weekend here in Canada. It means we play a day game Monday. The spring weather in Toronto is great and I'm hoping the Dome will be open. We're creeping closer to the .500 mark, which is our immediate goal. We knew at the beginning of the year that our pitching staff was our strength, and despite some deceiving records for some of our starters, we still feel that way. For instance, Juan Guzman has pitched much better than his record shows and Roger Clemens for sure should not be 4-4.

With the players we have on this team, we realize we should be doing much better, but we also realize that we're in with a bunch of great teams in this division. We won a big game last night against Seattle -- we came from behind in the game and won in our final at bat -- and we'll need to have more performances like that.

I'm still not completely happy with how I'm hitting, but I still expect that to come around soon. As a team we're struggling a bit at the plate but I think once we start getting some breaks you'll see the averages start to rise. I'll talk to you again next week.

June 4,1998

Hello Everyone,
I know, I know. I dyed my hair. Here's the story....

Carlos Delgado and Roger Clemens were talking in Cleveland and Carlos threatened to dye his hair. And he doesn't have much so we thought it was pretty amusing. He said he was going to dye it orange. Roger said if he does that that he would get a flat top and dye it white and spike it up. Roger just loves that kind of stuff. I walked in and they started saying "Greeny will do it" and I said I would ONLY do it if Alex Gonzalez would do it because I knew that Alex wouldn't do something like that AT ALL. Well, so much for that because myself and about 7 or 8 of us now have dyed hair. I don't really like it that much but I'll keep it for a little bit. I'll dye it back probably in a week or two. I've been getting mixed results. About half of the people who know me like it. The fans LOVE it. We all actually went to the salon to get it done. It was pretty fun.

We were actually playing pretty good before the hair thing and we're about 1 and 5 since!! But it's still a good thing for the clubhouse because the guys have been having a lot of fun with it. Keeps things interesting.

We were starting to play a lot better recently except the last few games or so. We won last night behind Roger and I think we'll get back in gear soon. We're playing Detroit and we always have good series against them. They have also been playing under their ability and are poised for some good games so it should be a good matchup. Our schedule has been STACKED with games so I've been very busy. I don't think we have a day off until next week and it's a travel day for us, so it's not really a day off.

Talk to ya soon and maybe my hair will be back to normal by then!

June 11,1998

I guess I'll start with the hair update. I'm still a blond. But the roots are starting to show so I think I'm going to change it back tomorrow. Nothing crazy, just back to my regular color or hopefully something pretty close to it anyway. It was fun while it lasted, but I must bid farewell to the platinum look. Roger and a few of the guys still have their color and Carlos shaved everything off. Ed cut it real short so you can't really tell he dyed it at all. But I think it's time for me to return to the old Shawn.

We haven't been playing too well lately. We're just under .500 which isa little frustrating. We have our ups and downs that's for sure. Very streaky. When things are going right we definitely roll for a while and when things go bad we seem to lose a lot of games by a close margin. 9 to 8,or 1 to 0. The other night was a perfect example -- an exhausting and uncomfortable 17 inning game because of the heat and humidity. It wasn't too much fun. I haven't actually done anything here in Florida because of the humidity. I don't know how people do it!!!

Canseco had a barbeque that we went to, which was the only social thing we did here. It's hard to do much when you have night games though. Jose has an amazing house. One more game here and then we head back to Toronto for a quick home stand with Baltimore. It would be nice to play well against them so we could jump a little ahead of them. We're home for a few, away for a few, home for a few. For the next week or so we'll be bouncing around all over the place.

It's hard to place our problems in one area. The pitching staff seems to be a little tired and maybe we are as well. I guess what it comes down to is a few key plays in the game that we don't seem to be executing. As far as my hitting is concerned, I guess I'm doing OK. I was feeling really good for a while, really connecting, but now I'm in that 1 for 4 zone that I'm not too happy with. Anyway, I'll check in next week.

June 19, 1998

Hi there,
Obviously, we're pretty bummed out about our latest series in Tampa. We're competing with them in our division and we need to beat them when we can. We lost a couple of games after leading early, which hurts. We also weren't getting those timely hits.

However, we turned it around a little last night with a big win over Baltimore. Chris Carpenter pitched well again for us and our batting order is starting to come together. It was especially great to see Dave Stieb complete his comeback to the majors when he pitched in relief. He is one of the all-time great Blue Jays and I think he brings a lot of knowledge and veteran leadership to the clubhouse.

I like playing in Baltimore. The ballpark is awesome, I love Camden Yards. The stadium, the fans, the clubhouse and, of course, the city outside, are all wonderful. Winning here makes the experience even better!

You may have noticed I've been playing centerfield recently. I feel pretty good out there, although it takes a little getting used to at first. At the plate, I'm feeling good too, since I'm getting used to hitting out of the number 2 spot. I've been getting a fair number of hits recently and my batting average is starting to climb up to where I feel it needs to be. Part of this could be because behind me we've got Jose Canseco with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases, Carlos Delgado with a combination of power and hitting-for-average, and Mike Stanley ripping it up recently.

I'm looking forward to coming home to California for a couple of days during the All-Star break in July. This may sound like I'm writing off making the team this year, I know. Maybe if I keep hitting the way I have been recently, I'll get in there. But if not, that's ok. I'm still a young player and I need to build my name in the sport a little more, since fan voting is such a big part of who makes it and who doesn't. I'll talk to you again very soon...

June 29, 1998

Friends & fans on AD,
I just got back from golfing with Alex. In our spare time(which there isn't very much of) we like to golf together. We're both pretty miserable golfers but I think we're getting better so it's semi-encouraging. It's a nice way to get outside on an off day and enjoy the weather without exhausting yourself too much.

Felt good to hit a couple homers in the game yesterday. Would have been nice to do it in a game where we had a chance to win, but I'll take what I can get. It was good to hit one against a left handed pitcher too.The team had a great week last week, winning 6 in a row. Then we lost two,but I think we're back in a good situation now. We'd like to have a good homestand here before the All Star break and get within a few games of the wild card spot.

I'm looking forward to going home over the break. I hear California is getting some good weather finally so I'm going out there to enjoy some of it. I haven't been able to catch any movies lately because I've been so busy, so maybe I'll do some of that while I'm home. The team saw Godzilla while we were in Cleveland a while ago which was a terrible movie. It was REALLY bad but it was the only thing playing at that theater and we had a few hours to kill so we took the plunge.

Other team notes -- Jose should make it to 40/40 again as long as he can stay healthy. The key for him is of course his health because he's had some problems staying off the DL in recent years due to his back and shoulder and other nagging problems. Fletcher is back catching so the other catchers are in a more limited role. The young replacements were doing pretty well in his absence. They got pretty good at calling the game and feeling comfortable. So if they need to step back in, the rest of the team has confidence in them now too. I guess I'm now on pace for a 30 homer, 30 stolen base season. 30/30 isn't something that I set a goal for at the beginning of the season,but now that it's in range it's obviously something that would be nice to achieve.I'll talk to you again very soon, thanks for your support.

July 10, 1998

Hey everyone,
Greetings from Detroit. We're back to baseball after the All Star break. My trip to California was nice but very short. I was only there for a couple of days so I mostly spent some quality time with my family. Relaxed at the beach, went out to dinner, and that's basically it. Before I knew it I was on a plane to Detroit for the start of a week long road trip.

I watched a little bit of the All Star game which was pretty entertaining. I think it's more exciting for the fans, especially the fans who are there watching the game in person. It's definitely a show designed for the fans, which is a good way to repay them for the support they provide us all season long.

Here's a quick mid season review. After a little bit of a rocky start, we're starting to play pretty good baseball. Obviously our hitters have been doing better lately. We all kind of started off slow and we've picked it up quite a bit. Our pitching is also going to improve in the second half. It's already pretty good but the guys are starting to throw better than they were. There's always room for improvement and we're aware some of the areas we need work on. We have a good chance to catch some teams here for the wild card spot and play strong into the playoffs. I'm pretty happy with my first half of the season. I'm definitely happy with the home runs and stolen bases. I guess some things I'd like to see happen are for me to drive in some more runs and hit for a higher average. I think if that happens it will turn out to be a really good year for me. As I mentioned earlier, we're in Detroit right now. Last night we lost, and I was thrown out at second trying to steal. I was thinking about stealing and they caught me off guard. Part of the game of baseball is taking chances.

Detroit had a good crowd last night. They have a good team here and in a year or two I think they will be one of the best teams in the league with the strong, young lineup they are developing. I think the fans are starting to realize this potential for talent and they're coming out here a little more than they have in the past. After Detroit we have some games in Baltimore, Chicago and then the Yankees at home. That's a really big weekend for us. Especially this time of year it's crucial to play strong ball. If we make a statement and win some of those games it would really be a boost for us.
Talk to ya next week,
July 23, 1998

Hey everyone,
It's getting to be crunch time now for the Jays. We took a huge series from New York last weekend and that really meant a lot to the team's hopes of making the playoffs I think. Any time we play the Yankees the atmosphere in the Dome is electric and we were really pumped up. I managed to hit a grand slam in that series and it felt like one of the biggest games of my career.

However we can't let our guards down now just because we won some big games against New York. We let one slip by against Chicago the other day andthat shouldn't happen. But we won last night with Clemens on the mound. Seeing Roger round into form lately has given our team a big boost. He's won something like 7 straight starts and had another great startlast night. With him coming out every five days we know we have a great chance towin.He's the definition of an ace.

This weekend's series against the Red Sox will tell us a lot about our chances of getting the wild card. They're currently in position to make the playoffs in that spot so we have to target them. It's not easy to go into Boston and sweep a series but that's what we have to try to do. We've got Carpenter going today and then Woody and Hentgen...but you may see Clemens onSunday.He'd be doing it on three days' rest but he's a competitor and would love to goI'm sure. We've recently added another fierce player to our lineup-- Tony Phillips. He's been a super addition for us both on the field and in the dugout. I've never played with a more intense guy, I don't think. Tony is playing left field for the most part but is really a multi-position player and I can see him playing second, first, third and any of the outfield positions. I'm still in center for the most part and enjoying it. It took a little while to get adjusted but now I'm feeling comfortable out there. Off the field, I recently went to see "Something About Mary" and thought it was hilarious. Sometimes I really like dumb comedies like that.I'd recommend it and I'm giving it three and a half stars out of 5. That's about it for now...wish us luck this weekend and I'll talk to you again
very soon.

August 7, 1998

Hey everyone, It's our day off today so I thought I would catch up on something’s...namely my area. We got home from Texas last night (or this morning I should say) at 5o'clock. I slept all day because I was so exhausted. It's been raining here in Toronto so I guess it's a good day to stay inside and sleep --that's how I'm justifying it, anyway.

So you probably want to know what I think about the trades the team made last week. I think we're heading in a good direction with the trades we made. You can see the plans that the team wants to follow by what they were willing to give up and what they wanted in return. It's definitely hard to lose those guys because they're all good players and contributed to the team. But as much as our offense might have lost a little with their departure, I think our defense will gain a lot. We already have gained a little, actually. It was hard for some of the guys who were on the team who were really more of a DH than an every day player and they were being asked to do go out every day and play strong. I've known Ed Sprague for years now and he's always had advice and helpful things to say to me about the game so personally ‘twas hardest to see him go.

We have a home stand here with Oakland, Seattle and It was of those teams have been struggling a little bit lately so hopefully we can take advantage of that and win a lot of the games. Then after that we go to the west coast which should be fun -- I'm biased because I'm from the west coast! Last week I had the chance to play in the Hall of Fame game. It was our day off so playing baseball isn't exactly what you look forward to doing but it was definitely cool to play in the game and see the Hall o Fame. We only played about one inning and then they brought in a lot of minor leaguers to finish it out.

We had a lot of fun. They put us in this YMCA type place to change because there's no locker room at the Hall of Fame field. There happened to be a pool there and all of us ended up getting in it and playing around for a while. There were water polo balls and goals and we started to take shots and mess around. It was really fun. I'm off to do some more relaxing...I figure I'm allowed to on my day off. Thanks for coming out to my area. Keep asking me questions in my message boards!

September 6, 1998

Hey everyone!
This home run race is pretty crazy! It's so much fun to watch and it's great for the game of baseball. I personally think McGwire's going to get to 62 before Sosa, but it's still pretty close.

As a team, we've been playing really well lately. We're getting ourselves back into the race now, which is nice. We've won ten in a row and we play two games against Cleveland at home, then it's off to New York for four. Right now, we're five out, so if we keep winning, we'll be right back in the thick of things.

Personally, I reached the mark for the season! I now have 32 homers and 32 stolen bases. There's been a lot of talk about both Jose and myself hitting 30/30, so it will be pretty exciting when it happens.

Roger Clemens is really in the zone right now. He's always tough, but when he gets into the zone, he's pretty much unbeatable. If he keeps pitching the way he has been, I think he'd definitely deserve the Cy Young Award.

Thanks for your continued support and I'll talk to you again soon.


September 22, 1998

Hey everyone,
Our victory Monday night against Baltimore puts us 3 back,with five games left to play. If we can win these next two, we'll be looking good going into the series with Detroit. It's going to be tough, but it's definitely easier playing at home. We struggled a bit at the end of our last road trip, in part I think because it was so long. Playing 11 away games in three cities is no picnic, not that I'd trade this for anything, but it can wear you down.

Roger Clemens' performance is amazing AGAIN! He's the first AL pitcher to win 20 games and got his 15th straight victory Monday night. I'm sure he'll win the Cy Young Award this year, making him the first pitcher to win five. He's also on pace to win the Triple Crown - most wins, best ERA, and most strikeouts. Roger is definitely the man.

There was an article in Sports Illustrated featuring me, which is always cool. I don't mind the media exposure, but it doesn't really change anything for me. I'm sure there will be more expectations placed on me next season, and maybe other teams might pitch me little tougher, but other than that,not too much will change. After the season is over, I'm taking a trip to Europe with teammate Carlos Delgado. We'll be traveling through France, Spain and Italy for three weeks.I've never been to Europe before, so I'm really looking forward to it. As for now, I'm just focusing on the game - the Blue Jays aren't out of it yet.
Talk to you soon,

September 29, 1998

Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to pull out enough wins to win the AL Wild Card race, finishing the season four games behind the Red Sox.But, I have to say that we've accomplished a lot of a team and I think we've kind of turned a corner. Now we're ready to take it to the next level. This was our first winning season since 1993 and we're a completely different team now.

So, it's a big step for those of us who have come to the organization in recent years because it feels like it's "our" team now. I'm sure there will be a couple of changes in the offseason. We could use alittle extra pitching and maybe another bat, but on the whole,things are looking pretty good for us. Even though we're out of the game, play off action should be exciting. I think it's going to be Boston and New York in the AL championship, and Houston and Chicago battling it out in the NL.

My congrats go out to very deserving Roger Clemens, who won his second straight Triple Crown this year. I'll be taking a trip to Europe next week and aside from that,I'll be hanging out in Newport Beach, working out and getting ready for next season. I may even try to learn to surf this summer. Thanks for supporting us this season and I'll talk to you again soon.

November 4 1998

Hey guys,
I'm back in Newport Beach after an amazing trip to Europe, and although I had a great time, I have to admit it's nice to be home! Carlos and I spent three weeks travelling in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, the south of France, Milan, Florence, Venice and Rome.

Italy was my favorite country and of the cities we visited there, I probably enjoyed Milan the most. It's a fairly big city, but there was great food, great shopping and a lot of activity. We did quite a bit of sightseeing, including the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Michelangelo's David in Florence (definitely the most impressive), the Sistene Chapel in the Vatican and the ancient ruins in Rome.

I got back last Thursday, but went right to Las Vegas for the weekend for a charity golf tournament. I had a great time there and saw a lot of ball players, but it's definitely tiring to do all that traveling right after the season's over.

Now, I'm winding down, getting used to being home again. I'll start working out again pretty soon and getting myself in shape for spring training. I just heard about the stadium controversy back in Toronto, but I personally don't think we'll be leaving the SkyDome any time soon. I think the owners are just playing hardball. And I must say, I'd be disappointed if we weren't back there next year.
Talk to you soon,

Hey guys,

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. My family always celebrates the holiday with another family who is close friends of ours, so that was fun. I watched a little football and mostly spent the time hanging out, watching TV, and eating.

Over the weekend, I helped out with a baseball camp. It was a fundraiser for Oceanview High School's baseball team, run by Dan Naulty. I was there with several other baseball players, including Marc Newfield, Phil Nevin, Dennis Hocking and Matt Luke. There were about 50 kids at the camp, most about 10 years old or so, and we gave tips and instruction for improving their game. It was a lot of fun, and I liked spending the weekend playing ball.

Not much else is going on… just hanging out and working out every day. I have just about given up on learning how to surf; it's a lot harder than it looks. I'm 6'4", so keeping my balance is not easy! If I get any better, I'll let you guys know.

Talk to you soon,

November 30

Hey guys,

I'm still hanging out here in Newport, spending most of my time working out and getting ready for Spring Training. I went out with some friends in Hermosa Beach the other night and had a great time - I'm not too familiar with the LA scene, so I don't get up that way too often. I'm surfing a little here and there, but I'm definitely not good yet! And, I'm tall, so it makes it even harder to balance.

Moving on I was happy, but not surprised, to hear that my teammate, Roger Clemens, got the Cy Young award. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more than he does… he's like a fine wine, he just keeps getting better with age! I hope we're going to hang onto him next season. I think the chances of that are pretty good, but baseball is a business, and our front office and Roger will both be trying to do what's best. We're so close right now that I think if we sign a couple more players, he'd be happy to stay. And I hope he does since he's the best in the game. Congrats also to Juan Gonzalez, the Al's MVP… no surprises there either!

I'm still holding onto hope that Canseco will be back next season, but who knows what will happen with that situation. I don't think we'll end up with Mo Vaughn, especially since we've got Carlos Delgado, who's one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball, so we're pretty set in that area. We'll see what happens and hopefully, we'll end up a better ball club for it.

Talk to you next week!

December 9, 1998

Hey guys,

I'm sure a lot of you have heard by now about the situation with Roger Clemens. Nothing's set in stone, but it looks like there's a very good chance that he'll be traded. The Blue Jays will have to get something that makes it really worthwhile though, because there's only one Roger Clemens out there and he's the best pitcher around. There are a few voids we need to have filled on our team, and unfortunately, trading Roger may be the best way to accomplish that. It would of course be ideal if we could keep Roger and fill these holes, but I just don't know if that can happen.

I went to a filming of "Friends" in LA over the weekend with my friend Jennifer from Athlete Direct. It was a lot of fun and interesting to watch a show being filmed in front of a live audience. We talked to Matthew Perry for a while, whom I'd actually met in Toronto last summer when he was filming a movie there.

I didn't do any surfing this weekend; it's a little too cold for that now, and it seems like I always have something else to do. Someone actually gave me surfing lessons as a gift and I think I may take advantage of that!

Talk to you soon,

Shawn Green

December 22

Hey guys,

Not much is new with me, I'm mostly just relaxing and enjoying the holidays. I'm taking a vacation in another week or so, and will be going to a friend's wedding, but besides that, nothing much is going on.

I'm not sure what the situation is with Roger Clemens. I don't think we have much chance of keeping him, but I hope that if we make a trade, we can acquire some players that are going to benefit the team.

We could really use a power hitter in the lineup to take the place of Jose Canseco, and we still have some other holes we need to fill as well. Losing Canseco was a pretty big blow for us. He was great in the clubhouse and he put up big numbers for us as well. It's also hard to lose Woody Williams, who is a great player and also a good friend of mine, but I think playing in San Diego will be a good change for him. And Joey Hamilton is a good acquisition for us as well. I haven't seen him pitch a lot, but I've heard very good things about him and I think he's going to be a very big help to us.

Happy holidays and I'll talk to you again soon!
Shawn Green