Chan Ho Park held a press conference in South Korea, A.J. Burnett pitched to Jorge Posada in the bullpen and CC Sabathia snapped off sliders for the first time. It wasn’t exactly a slow day in spring training, but as camp was breaking up, much of the buzz centered on Jesus Montero.
Although I don’t think any reporters were there to see it, word is that Montero hit the top of the scoreboard in left field with a batting practice home run off Triple-A hitting coach Butch Wynegar.
“I didn’t turn around and look,” Wynegar said. “I made him look good today.”
Apparently the blast hit the M in George M. Steinbrenner Field. That’s a long, long way. Joe Girardi watched a lot of batting practice and called Montero, “very mature offensively.”
“I usually can’t see them go that far,” he said. “You the swing. You hear the sound. You have a good idea where it’s going.”
Montero said that he hasn’t been trying to hit big home runs this spring. He’s spent most of his batting practice sessions trying to get a good feel for his swing.
“Today, I found it a little bit,” Montero said. “… I tried to put a good swing on the ball. Put a good swing on the ball, and that’s what happened.”