“I can’t say Will being in the majors has changed our lives,” Julie said. “We’re the same people, except we travel some more. The perspective is the same.”
Farrell has spoken to Middlebrooks about how to build on the base he created last season.
“What we’re starting to talk about is leadership and I don’t think leadership has an age,” Farrell said. “I’m not asking for Will to say, ‘I’m a leader.’ It’s a matter of him staying focused and disciplined to his routine and making sacrifices and choices to prioritize his daily work to get ready for a game each and every night. Through time, that’s how he’ll be looked up to and looked upon.”
The kid who smacked that ball over the press box, raced his sister to the car, and won a state title in football has big goals in baseball.
“More than you know,” said Middlebrooks, who wants to be in the conversation when the game’s best third basemen are discussed. He’s not ceding anything to Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre, David Wright, and Miguel Cabrera.
“No one wants to be third best, you know? I respect all those guys, but I want to be the best. I don’t want to be some average third baseman. You don’t work to be mediocre. You work to get to the top.”