In the house at ‘The Boss’
Hello from the press box at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, here after to be referred to as “The Boss.” We’re all anxiously awaiting Joe Girardi’s first media availability of the spring, as the Yankees’ coaches are currently huddled downstairs going over scouting reports on the pitchers due in camp tomorrow.
Fans showing up for Spring Training games this year will see a new addition – electronic scoreboards hoisted above the Y A N K E E S letters down the third and first base lines, the same type that were at the old Yankee Stadium.
In fact, they’re showing some of the same videos as they work out the kinks: “The Power of the Stache” just flashed up there for Jason Giambi.
It was another relatively quiet morning over at the Minor League complex, though A.J. Burnett reported and played catch with Brian Bruney in his first official actions as a Yankee. Burnett didn’t stop to chat today.
Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Dan Giese were among those throwing bullpen sessions, while Tony Pena and Kevin Long ran the drills for position players. Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Shelley Duncan were in the cages taking their swings.
Brian Cashman held court with the media, essentially saying that A-Rod (yep, that guy) will have a supportive clubhouse atmosphere once he does report. One of the points that stands out to me was Cashman’s response when asked if he believes – as Rodriguez stated in the ESPN interview – that all of his seasons in New York have been clean.
“I’m not here to represent that I’m confident about anything on anybody,” Cashman said. “I think we’ve lived through a tough stretch that shattered that confidence level. If you asked me that question five years ago, I’d be giving a different answer. I’ve been educated quite a bit, unfortunately.”