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Sheffield returns with plenty to say

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 05, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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 can’t erase the great years that I had here. I’m proud of what I did here. … You miss the atmosphere. I’ll miss the fans pushing you to go out and achieve and knowing that if you don’t achieve they’ll come down on you. That’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 he’s had since he’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 WFAN’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 can’t wait.

“I know a lot of New Yorkers love me,” he said. “I hope that never changes.”

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