Gary Sheffield lives in Tampa, so he wanted to play for the Tigers today at Legends Field. Makes for an easy day for him.
He also knew that the writers would want to talk to him, so he drove over before the team bus arrived and entertained questions for almost 20 minutes.
Among his comments:
On his time with the Yankees: I had a great experience. You canâ€™t erase the great years that I had here. Iâ€™m proud of what I did here. … You miss the atmosphere. Iâ€™ll miss the fans pushing you to go out and achieve and knowing that if you donâ€™t achieve theyâ€™ll come down on you. Thatâ€™s motivation and something I welcome. It gets the most out of you as a player.”
On Alex Rodriguez: “I guarantee you one thing and I will say this right now: Alex is going to have the best year heâ€™s had since heâ€™s been here.”
On Rodriguez admitted to not being close with Derek Jeter: “I guarantee when he went home it was a peaceful night because he really wanted to say these things a long time ago. He did it, so I think he’s going to benefit from it. He’s got to be his own man. In essence, speaking out I think was the best thing for him and the organization. The organization is going to benefit big time.”
Sweeny Murti’s cell phone rang at one point and Sheffield joked that it was WFANâ€™s Mike and the Mad Dog trying to track him down.
“Tell them I’m here,” he said with a laugh. “I’m here.”
The Tigers come to Yankee Stadium for a four-game series starting Aug. 16. Sheffield canâ€™t wait.
“I know a lot of New Yorkers love me,” he said. “I hope that never changes.”