A few quotes:
A-Rod on how much running the players are doing: â€œItâ€™s a track meet. But I really welcome that. I like that. Iâ€™m kind of psycho myself.â€
Girardi on where Bobby Abreu will hit: “Heâ€™s done a very good job wherever heâ€™s hit in the lineup. Weâ€™ll have discussions as we go though spring training, but Bobbyâ€™s hit third a lot in his career and been very successful there.”
A few tidbits:
* There will be live BP tomorrow. CMW, Mike Mussina, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy will be among those taking the mound. How’d you like to be a player in camp for two days who gets to face Joba, who has been in Tampa for a month?
* Girardi had a book written by John Wooden on his desk today. Joe Torre almost always had a Wooden book the desk. Then again, if you’re any sort of coach or manager, you should be reading what Coach Wooden has to say.
* New spring training instructor Tino Martinez needs work with the fungo bat. As he was trying to hit grounders to Jason Giambi and Shelley Duncan, he kept spraying line drives into right field. It looks easy, but there’s a real art to hitting grounders with the right spin.
* I followed around Joe Girardi today. He’s a guy who lets his coaches coach. He takes a lot of notes. I suspect once camp thins out, he’ll get more hands-on. He’s clearly evaluating what he has.
* You’ll be surprised when you see Joba. He has slimmed down a lot.
* Spent some time talking to Abreu today before the workout. He told me about a trip be made to Taiwan last month, mostly for pleasure but also for some business. Chien-Ming Wang was in Arizona at the time. But he arranged for his college coach, Min-Cheng Lin, to show Bobby around.
* CMW’s English is getting better, by the way. My Mandarin, however, still stinks. I know how to say “good morning” and “have a good game.”