BRADENTON -- This offseason infielder Casey McGehee said his first goal was to step as far away from baseball as he could. After the Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs, McGehee turned off the post season games and the World Series.
"I didn’t want to talk about it, look at it, anything," McGehee said Tuesday at Pirate City. I just needed to clear my head and get away from it. I had to get to the point where I had to get myself re-excited about [the game]."
McGehee referred to his 2011 season as a "mental nightmare". The third baseman hit just .223 over 155 games with the Brewers.
"Last year was just a mental nightmare for me," McGehee said. "I just wanted to get back to the point where I was excited, looking forward to going and getting baseball ready again."
I took McGehee a couple months to where he got that itch again, but he said he knew he’d get it eventually.
"I just had to get away from it and not be so consumed ...