Catching up with Scott Stewart
LHP Scott Stewart at New York Mets spring training, Feb. 23, 2005.

Posted Feb 26, 2005

A familiar face to NL East fans, left-handed pitcher Scott Stewart is in Port St. Lucie this spring, trying to make the Mets after spending three of the last four years pitching for the Montreal Expos.

Inside Pitch caught up with Stewart for a quick rundown of his situation with the team and his chances at going north with the big club.

What made signing with the Mets an attractive option for you?

I know a lot of people over here, a lot of good players. I guess there was a comfort level coming over here, which was something I needed. I just like the situation over here. I think they're putting together a good team and I want to be part of a winner.

Did being traded midway through last season from the Indians to the Dodgers play any part in that?

Well, yeah. Instead of going to camp with people I don't know, I get to go to camp with people I do know. I don't have to start new, because people here know what I've done and what I can do. Most of these players in the clubhouse have played together with me or against me, and that's a big thing.

What did you think of your couple of months with Los Angeles?

I had a real good time out there in L.A. I wore blue jeans and a camouflage hat out there and I probably started a new trend. But I had a real good time there, good guys and it was a lot of fun there.

How about New York? This is a place that you've come into a number of times as an opponent. What are your impressions of the city?

I like New York. I've never had the opportunity to play for either New York club and I'd love to play for a New York team. That's another reason: I'd like to come in and play for this market.

What do you feel like you need to do to make the club?

I don't worry about all that stuff. I just do what I can do, and I can't do any more than that. I feel pretty good physically, and I feel like a kid now. To make this team, I think I've just got to pitch. Other than that, I should be OK. Just keeping it simple.

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