“Yes you do, because you know what it’s like to sit in that chair,” he said. “You know all the different things you have to address and handle and you know the personality of the players a lot better than you did the year before and what they’re capable of doing and what they need and what they won’t need. Just a year of understanding what the job entails.”
In terms of other things, Girardi said he liked having the second lefty in the bullpen. Phil Coke could be used to get one batter or for up to 40 pitches. “We could use him any time,” he said.
Jorge Posada on how much he was looking forward to Opening Day: “A lot. A lot. It’s been a long time. I haven’t played in a while. … You have to put in the time when you’re hurt and do everything right. It’s a lot of work. Just to be out there again will be fun. I’m eager to see how the team looks and how we play.”
Derek Jeter on the rotation: “On paper we have some pretty good starters. We have guys that are capable of dominating people. You know, it’s a challenge facing any one of them, one through five. For us, that’s a good thing. In order to win you need pitchers who can shut teams down and we have that.”