Much of Joe Girardi’s opening spring training press conference was about defending a title, and whether that changes the Yankees focus as they prepare for 2010, but Girardi also went into some nuts and bolts of his team.
He talked about the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, the decision of who to start in center field and the desire to have a set lineup when the Yankees break camp in a month and a half.
On the No. 5 starter: “I expect it to play out with great competition. The one thing as a manager that you worry about is they start competing tomorrow. I don’t want them to compete tomorrow. I want them to get ready to pitch in a couple of weeks, from a physical stand point.”
On the outfield: “Curtis has the most experience playing center field, and Curtis is a guy that we expect to play every day, but we want to have an open mind about this and see how each one of them does in left field. When you think about playing at our stadium, left field really plays almost as big as center field.”
On the batting order: “I really like the players that are assembled in camp, and we just have to figure out how all the parts fit.”
Here’s the full audio. Sorry this took a few hours. We had some technical issues that we hope to have fixed tomorrow. Those issues are why you’re getting the full file, including an introduction from media relations director Jason Zillo and a well played opening question from WFAN’s Sweeny Murti.