In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Lance Berkman had a lot to say:
Last year was clearly the worst year I’ve ever experienced in the big leagues, and from a personal standpoint and from a team standpoint, it seemed like one thing after 50 would go wrong. Guys got hurt, things happened. It was just a bad year.
But I would say that even if we hadn’t done one single thing (during the offseason), we were going to be better than last year just by virtue of the fact that guys were going to perform better because it was such a freakish deal last year...
...I think things are going to have to go right for us, and we’re not going to be able to suffer a major injury to anybody, and guys are going to have to play up to their potential, but if that happens — and of course those are two big ifs that everybody has — we’re going to be very, very competitive.
Is that...is it? Yes! A big rainbow over Minute Maid Park! And angels singing!