Alex Rodriguez has started his press conference by answering a question about the past year, going from the steroid press conference to this one.
“I’ve done a lot of growing up and realized a lot of things,” he said.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: “I kind of divorced myself from the idea of numbers.”
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: On Johnny Damon: “I was just crossing my fingers, hoping he would come back.”
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: All things considered, Rodriguez said he would have been content with 14 homers and 65 RBI last season.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: “Derek Jeter was born to be a Yankee.”
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Here’s the full audio of the Rodriguez press conference.
For whatever it’s worth, I noticed in the comments a question about why the Yankees seem to be having so many press conferences. The short answer is: Because they are the Yankees.
There were probably two dozen reporters in the room for the Rodriguez presser, plus about a dozen photographers and a half dozen cameramen. Same for Derek Jeter’s press conference yesterday, and for Joe Girardi’s press conference when camp opened. All of us needed to write a Jeter story and a Rodriguez story early in spring training, so the Yankees made it easy for everyone involved. That many people crowded around a locker would have been a mess, a bad situation for the players and the media.