Aug 31, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mike Morse (38) before the start of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Morse was acquired by the Orioles yesterday in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco Giants’ free agent acquisition, left fielder/first baseman Mike Morse, finalized his one-year, $6 million contract with the club today and hit the local media circuit, introducing himself to fans and reporters alike.
We already learned that Morse is a happy-go-lucky type, and in a conference call with Bay Area media on Tuesday he reaffirmed our suspicions.
“I like to have fun,” said Morse, via CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly. “I think if a team plays fun, they’re relaxed and your best baseball comes out when you’re relaxed. Good teams have fun. They play together and win together. That’s very important, and it’s something the Giants do.”
Of course the Giants, fans and Morse alike hope they are getting the 2011 version of the man known as “The Beast” that hit .303 with 31 dingers and 95 RBI for the Washington Nationals.
Morse doesn’t see any problem with the challenges AT&T Park creates for power hitters.
“If you hit one, you hit one,” Morse said, via Alex Pavlovic at the San Jose Mercury News. “It doesn’t matter what park you’re at.”
Morse also weighed in on the Giants-Dodgers heated rivalry, and dropped an interesting tidbit that may endear him to San Francisco fans – and possibly vilify him to LA fans. But hey, that’s what it’s all about, right?
Aug 31, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mike Morse (38) kisses a cross around his neck before the start of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Morse was acquired by the Orioles yesterday in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
“Sometimes having big pockets doesn’t always necessarily factor into winning,” Morse said in an exclusive interview with CSN Bay Area, via Rael Enteen. “The Giants, they know how to win. The players on the team have World Series rings. I think that is an edge on a lot of teams in this game.”
Remain calm and listen to some A-ha, Los Angeles:
Although lets be honest – that comment isn’t all that rabble-rousing. And yes, that is Morse’s walk-up song.
So, there you have it. Morse is now officially a member of the San Francisco Giants. Welcome to the party, Mr. Morse!
Click the links above to see the full stories and interviews, in case you missed them.
And a quick note from Baggs regarding Morse’s contract: