Originally Posted by Edd Roush
I just feel he should do all he can to make it happen. He almost seems defeated before he starts. "If theyíre not (happy), somebody else will be playing in center field." That doesn't seem like he has his heart in it and is very confident that it will get done. I do question if this perception could be caused by translation issues. I would just expect more of a quote of, "I have played 99% of my major league games in right, but I have been working every day in centerfield since the trade and I have seen good progress. I expect to get to the level my coaches are comfortable with by the end of spring training and I can't wait to play in centerfield on Opening Day."
Shin Soo-Choo is a product of his culture. Saying something like "I expect to get to the level..." would be considered extreme braggadocio.
In searching the net for quotes from him, I found very few, and they all had a humble bent. About the most boastful you are going to find from him is this quote prior to 2012:
"My career, every year has been better, better, better. This year (2011), I was at the bottom. So next year, I can only go up. Maybe it wonít be stressful. Iíll just be able to play. Iíll get healthy in the offseason and then next year come back and then just play. Iíll show them Iím healthy and I can still play.Ē
Even that quote is very humble. Also, do not read into the "then someone else will play center field" as an expectation that he will then play right.
I think it may be just as accurate to interpret it to mean the far more humble, "On a team as talented as the Reds, I will have to earn my position on the field."