It’s Photo Day today, which means the players put on their uniforms and pose for photos. It’s one of the rituals of spring training.
Meanwhile, I leaned a little about Jose Tabata yesterday.
The kid has the misfortune of having the locker next to Derek Jeter. Unlike some of his more celebrated teammates, the captain likes to meet the media at his locker instead of in the dugout or some room.
That was the case yesterday. Jeter leaned against the post dividing his locker from Tabata’s and took questions for about 15 minutes.
About halfway through, Tabata showed up. There were at least five writers directly in front of his locker and they didn’t notice Tabata behind them. It’s customary for us to try and make room for a player in such circumstances. But it’s tough in spring training because there are so many players in the room and little space.
Some guys would have been mad and shoved their way in. Tabata stood watching patiently. I happened to notice him and in my best college Spanish (which isn’t too good) I said we would get out of his way in a minute.
“It’s OK,” he said.
Jeter wrapped up the interview a few minutes later and Tabata got his seat.
Get used to it, kid. But maybe someday you’ll have a big crowd around your locker.