"As a competitor, you say, 'Oh, it's just soreness, it doesn't feel too good, but it's going to feel better.' I definitely learned last year about talking a little bit too much, about saying, 'When the lights come on, I'll be ready,' " Gonzalez said. "The thing is for the last 10 years in my professional career, when the lights turn on, I am ready. It wasn't a big deal for me to go and say that. I don't worry about spring training just for the fact that the last eight years, I'm throwing 84 to 86 [mph] and once the game days start, I'm anywhere between 93 to 96. There wasn't any doubt in my mind. I don't want to say I regret that, but when you can do it consistently eight, nine years in a row, then why isn't it going to happen this year? That's what I was dealing with. I was fighting with that. I felt some soreness, but I didn't think it was that big of a deal."