ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Pena has had a tough season offensively, yet he is one of the team leaders. When asked how tough it has been for him to separate his individual performance -- complete with all of the anxiety that accompanies struggling -- from the team, Pena considered the question and offered a candid reply.
"It's a lot tougher than you would expect," Pena said. "But, at times, I think I do it perfectly to where I'm detached. Other times, the pride gets the best of you and you want to concentrate on the stuff that doesn't serve you at all, right now."
Pena said he's in a good place now, where he's "focusing on how I can help the team today."
"Instead of having these numbers define me and understand that the team needs me," Pena said. "They don't need me with all the baggage. ... That's part of being a good teammate, a huge part of being a good teammate. If I come loaded with baggage then I'm not being a good teammate."