Ryan Dempster landed in Texas this afternoon, and headed straight to Rangers Ballpark. It didn't take him too long to experience the heat, as he jogged outside.
Dempster met with reporters this afternoon, and here are a few of the highlights.
On being in Texas: I’m really excited. Excited to be here and be a part of the Texas Rangers organization. It’s kind of neat to get drafted by them when I was an 18 year-old kid and end up back here pitching."
On going from NL to AL: "With video nowadays, you can watch a lot of video in a short amount of time and kind of get up to speed on hitters and stuff. ... At the end of the day, if you make good, quality pitches and put the ball in the right spot, that’s going to get any major league hitter out. That’s going to be my focus, just try to do that as much as possible. It works the other way too, a lot of the hitters in the American league haven’t faced me before. Hopefully that’s something that plays to my advantage as well."
On approving trade to Rangers: "I actually never said 'no' to a single trade. The supposed trade to the Braves, I just needed a time. That’s all. It was said I said no to this or no to that, when reality was there wasn’t many trades offered until the last minute. The one with Texas, as soon as they said Texas was interested, I was extremely interested and then it came to fruition really fast. As soon they said they had something [with the Rangers], I said, ‘Yes. Absolutely.’"
On getting back to postseason: "That’s something we all play for. In the offseason when you’re working out and training and getting ready for the season, that’s what you’re doing it for. You’re doing it to go out there and try to win a World Series. I’m looking forward to an opportunity here to do that."
On Texas heat: "I think you've just got to stay pretty hydrated and try to keep your innings as short as possible. Ten-pitch innings, that’s how you stay out of the heat."
On being an 'ace': "That term can mean a lot of different things. You can have ace-type stuff and never pitch to it. And you can have below-average stuff and pitch like an ace. For me, I just pride myself on being a guy on who is prepared every fifth day. You’re going to get 100 percent from me, and I’m going to go out there and make as many quality pitches as I can. You don’t have to light up a radar gun to do that. I work really hard and I’m ready for the stretch route here to throw as many innings as I possibly can.”
-- Drew Davison