None of the pitchers had bullpen sessions today, so it was a fairly crisp workout at Legends Field.
Fielding drills for the pitchers, BP for the hitters with some defensive work mixed in. Beautiful sunny day here in Tampa.
It’ll get more interesting tomorrow with live batting practice. Seven pitchers (Wang, Mussina, Pettitte, Pavano, Igawa, Hughes and Sanchez) will work on the main field, throwing 30-40 pitches to hitters from behind a screen. The hitters will be the main guys.
The idea is to throw batting practice, not get outs. But the pitchers will be competing.
Steven White did some tossing in the bullpen from halfway up the mound. He seems to be OK. … Joe Torre didn’t much bite on the questions about Gary Sheffield taking shots at him. For all the times Joe defended him, Sheff should have more common sense. … I watched Alex Rodriguez throw for a while and the weight loss seems to have helped him. He was heating it up. … Ron Guidry did an interview session with the Japanese media in the hallway, talking about Kei Igawa. Johnny Damon walked by, flung an arm around Guidry and yelled, “Gator! Let’s go get us one!” The poor Japanese guys were confused. It’s just Johnny being Johnny.
The Bernie Williams talk is dying out. Finally. I’m working on a story on Bobby Abreu for tomorrow.
Back in a bit with some Joe Torre audio.