The position players report today and will get their physicals. Had a chance to speak to most of the guys including Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera and Robbie Cano.
Everybody seems to have taken Joe Girardi’s mandate to show up in shape seriously. “I’m going to be doing underwear ads,” Giambi said.
(Hope you weren’t eating)
Damon said he’s only four pounds lighter than he was last season but “everything is distributed better.” He said this was the first offseason in a while when he had a chance to focus on preparation. In 2003, he was coming off a severe concussion. In 2004, he was celebrating. In 2005, he was a free agent. In 2006, his wife had a baby.
“This was the first time I had some time to myself,” he said. “I spent a lot of time in the gym.”
Giambi talked at length about Andy Pettitte in comparison to his situation a few years ago. “The hard part is over for him now,” he said.
A-Rod won’t talk to the media until tomorrow.
The team is on the field. Back later with assorted audio and a report on the events of the day.