05/04/2012 11:31 AM ET
Willingham: Off to a strong start
Twins outfielder finding good pitches, getting solid swings
I am happy with my first month of play. Obviously, the regular season is six months long, but one of your season goals is to get off to a good start. I have experienced good starts and bad starts, and even mediocre starts, and I will say that it is definitely better to get off to a good one.
As to why that happens, my best answer is that sometimes it is just the way it goes. I think that is the beauty of baseball. You just don't know what is going to happen on any given day.
I think the reason I have had success so far is that when I have been given a good pitch to hit, I have done my best to try and hit it hard. Sometimes you find holes, sometimes you hit it right at people. I think my key has been the consistency of finding a good pitch and putting a good swing on it.
This is my second year in the American League, after most recently playing for Oakland. When you go to the other league for the first time, you see a lot of things that are new, like ballparks and pitchers. That second season in the same league certainly helps.
The transition for me to the Twins has been an easy one. That is what Spring Training is for. That is when you make the new relationships with your fellow players and coaches, and you get accustomed to everything as it relates to the team. All in all, it has been a simple transition for me so far.
I also think I had an advantage in that I have changed teams before. The more times you do it, the easier it is, I think. The first time is really strange, I would say. It is hard, too. The more often you change teams also improves the chances you might know someone on your new club.
As for our club so far, I think we just have to play better in all facets of the game. We have to pitch better, and we have to find a way to score some more runs. It is about trying to put that all together.
You feel good when the team wins. Obviously, you also have that feeling when you do well individually, but even when you perform well, you don't get the same satisfaction if your club loses.
Outfielder Josh Willingham is batting .325 with five home runs, 15 RBIs, seven doubles and a triple for the Twins (6-18). He signed a three-year deal in the offseason.