First a little news:
· Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras won’t be going to the WBC. They didn’t even know they were on the provisional roster.
· Damaso Marte (hamstrings) won’t be running for at least the rest of the week. You have to think this could exclude him from the WBC.
· Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi met with George Steinbrenner as did Bernie Williams, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira. All said they had pleasant conversations with him. He was taken from his car to the stadium in a golf cart and then moved to a wheelchair to get up to his office.
· Alex Rodriguez commented briefly about how the first two days have been for him, saying the fans have been welcoming and that he is enjoying his time on the field. He seemed a little subdued.
· Bernie will be here until he leaves for the Puerto Rican camp on March 2. He went through the drills with all the other players and took batting practice. His immediate goal is to “not embarrass myself.” But Bernie also talked wistfully about returning to baseball if the WBC goes well for him.
· We spoke to CC Sabathia after he threw and he was pleased with how it went. He also revealed that his first start this spring would be March 6. That lines up for Opening Day on April 6 in Baltimore.
· Nick Swisher’s music choice after the workout was Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne.