A Happy Prince Fielder Arrives at Camp

Jeff BreenContributor IFebruary 19, 2009

Prince Fielder had 18 million reasons to smile, as he made his first appearance at Brewers' camp today.

The 24-year-old Fielder also appeared trimmer in size and in better spirits than a year ago.  This time last season, Fielder wasn't happy with the Brewers' marginal contract extension.

This year however, he will make ten times what he made last season.

Fielder who remains as "his own worst critic" said that he wants to prove his worth and show that he is worth all the money.

Following a 50 home run season 2007, the slugger appeared in last years camp with news that he became a vegetarian.  Fielder's home run total dipped to 34 last season, but Fielder insists that it wasn't because of his new eating habits. 

According to MLB.com, Fileder said, "I was trying to hit 50 in the first month, or hit 50 in Spring Training. I was trying to do too much, man, instead of just playing the game and having fun."

Fielder still produced last season with 102 RBI and timely hitting during the last week of the season, including a walk off home run against the Pirates to help in the playoff push.

Fielder says he is a "happy man" this spring, but he isn't satisfied with just being happy.  Fielder is looking forward to another post season trip and knows that the club is capable. 

 "Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy with what I've done, but I need to keep working. There's a lot of things I need to get better at, defensively and everything. You never want to stop working."