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Quote of the day: Derek Jeter

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 20, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

“I missed (Joe Torre) when we were running. We haven’t run that much in the past.”

A lot of the players are talking about how much running they are doing in camp. While it makes for a good story to think that the new manager is cracking down and making the players run, it really has as much to do with strength and conditioning coach Dana Cavalea.

The Yankees fired former “director of performance enhancement” Marty Miller last May after a spate of hamstring injuries. In researching it, the Yankees determined that the players had not done enough running in spring training to condition their legs.

No matter who the manager was, there was going to be more running.



28 Responses to “Quote of the day: Derek Jeter”

  1. Bill from NJ February 20th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Whatever works… just no more hamstrings. Of course, the exception is Pavago.

  2. McLovin February 20th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Maybe Pavano can learn from Pettitte and take HGH.That cures injuries.

  3. Paul February 20th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Run, Fo-rest!!! Run!!!

  4. SJ44 February 20th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    There was going to be more running but, I don’t think there would have been this much running under Torre, IMO.

    Its one of the things Girardi stressed in his interview (conditioning. Or rather, the lack of it) that he felt hurt the team last year.

    Needless to say, Cashman and the Steinbrenner Brothers didn’t disagree with that assessment.

    Dana is more of a traditional type of baseball trainer. Stressing more distance running than sprints alone.

    Girardi though, is a workout freak. He was the same way with the Marlins.

    Hell, he was in better shape than half the guys on his team and they were all in their 20′s!

    His philosophy is, a well conditioned team becomes a mentally tough team when the dog days and tough games hit.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Is it me or does Damon look like he came to play?

    Getting real good vibes.

  6. S.o.S.27(jekyll/hyde) February 20th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I think they should do what football does and have a hell week. Maybe we can get some of the dead weight to quit.

  7. S.o.S.27(jekyll/hyde) February 20th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Maybe watching his former team win the championship without him gave him the needed spark to return the favor.

  8. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    S.O.S: Maybe! I don’t care about what sparked it just as long as I know the spark is lit!

  9. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 20th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Heard on radio Zilo has said Andy will not answer any more questions regarding hgh.

  10. Mark Alan February 20th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I think it was Mussina who complained that Miller wouldn’t let them stretch as much, as well. He said that a few of them stretched on their own.

  11. S.o.S.27(jekyll/hyde) February 20th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I know im late on this but if your ever being sworn, make sure your thumb is out. This is off espn about Clemens body language.

    “If you’re going to tell the truth your thumb and your hand are open and relaxed,” Driver said. “When you’re controlling what you’re going to say, your thumb might be tense. And Roger’s thumb is tense.”

  12. Whitey Fraud February 20th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    My nose is running.

  13. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Whitey: Is it as cold outside for you as it is for me, then?

  14. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 5:30 pm


  15. Sean Serritella February 20th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    “His philosophy is, a well conditioned team becomes a mentally tough team when the dog days and tough games hit.”

    I agree with that totally. This will be a different team this year.

  16. David February 20th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    The dreadful decision to hire Marty Miller last year as conditioning coach was perhaps the biggest management mistake of the season. Without the spate of injuries, the Yanks might have won the series, or, at least, gone farther in the playoffs.

    Maybe I missed it, but I never found out who was responsible for hiring Miller. Should Cashman or Torre be blamed? Or, was somebody else involved? Anyone know?

  17. CaptainsCorner February 20th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I think the comments have more to do with the fact that Torre didn’t have the players conditioned enough and had Club Med going on. They had so many leg problems because they werent stretched out and in shape as good as they should of been. Even Mattingly said today that he knew that the players weren’t ready to play out of spring training for the last 2 years..Who’s job is that??!! Maybe the manager.

  18. RJPinstripes February 20th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    More running and conditioning to curtail the dreaded HAMMY problems that have killed us the last 2-3 years! Good for Joe, and this can only help us now and down the road!

  19. ryanloghry February 20th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Okay, I know this is going to sound crazy, but with the hundreds of millions of dollars invested each season, why don’t they have the players doing yoga? Seems to me that if they were limber, they wouldn’t be pulling as many muscles and hamstrings.

  20. Nettles vs. Lee February 20th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    I always find it mind boggling that any baseball team would not want its players in peak physical condition. Isn’t it a no brainer that well conditioned players will play better on average over the long term? It is very frustrating when you see coaches – such as Torre – who appear rather blase about conditioning.

  21. Marc February 20th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    oh no getting paid millions of dollars to jog in the sun!

  22. rbj February 20th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Glad to hear that the team is getting whipped into shape. Especially as they’re an older team they need to work at it. You can’t just coast at 33 like you could at 23 (and let’s not even discuss 40. Oy.)

  23. Travis G. February 20th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Whitey: you better catch it!

  24. VOIII February 20th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    20 plus million a year and he’s bitching about running? Wow, letting Joe “Country Club” Torre leave was the best move the Yankees made this off season. If these guys really want it they will not mind putting in the work in to get it…

  25. Fatty McGee February 20th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I can’t tell if this post is a compliment to Dana Cavalea or a subtle way of diminishing any accomplishment of Girardi. Me thinks the latter…

  26. TomP February 20th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    When somethings going wrong
    You must whip it

    Now whip it
    Into shape
    Shape it up
    Get straight
    Go forward
    Move ahead
    Try to detect it
    Its not too late
    To whip it
    Whip it good

  27. Whitey Fraud February 20th, 2008 at 10:38 pm


    Yes, but I just lowered the a/c and raised the thermostat.

  28. ZappoMan February 21st, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Rebecca – “Is it me or does Damon look like he came to play?”

    I can’t believe you think Damon looks like he came to do anything… Seriously? You think he looks sharp? I’m not a Damon hater, but I’ll admit I’m no Yankee’s fan… but c’mon? “came to play”? I am really tempted to say something crude about what he’s going to play with…


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