X's looking to usher in a "culture of winning" with new manager Steve Montgomery
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Explorers Manager Steve Montgomery is accustomed to winning.
"Being on the other side and in that dugout, when I came into Sioux City, I expected to win three games in a three game series. That's just how it was," Montgomery said. "If I came out of here 2-1, I was upset. We need the fortunes to change. When people walk in, make this place a hard place to play."
Just five players return from last year's 38-win squad including closer Chris Bodishbaugh and slugger Peter Barrows. In just a few days time, Montgomery's philosophy has all ready rubbed off on the veterans.
"Mentally, we're going to come out every day and grind out our season. Take every at bat and don't take everything for granted," Barrows said. "I think more of a bull dog mentality this year, fits us."
"With this team now and all the roster changes, I think we're going to expect a lot more," Bodishbaugh added. "It's not just all the sudden let's have a winning season, our intentions are to get to the playoffs and go as far as we can."
For catcher Todd Jennings, who comes to Sioux City after spending two years in Fargo-Moorhead with Montgomery, it's about keeping things in perspective.
"Keep this excitement three months from now when its really hot and we're doing good or bad. Just keep the same excitement you have now, because that's what it's about." he said.
The X's begin the season May 15 when they hit the road and travel to Sioux Falls.
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