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Pregame notes: Guest in the clubhouse

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

corner_image_bioThe Yankees clubhouse was closed to the media for an extra hour this afternoon while former NFL coach Tony Dungy spoke to the team. Manager Joe Girardi tried to get Dungy to speak to the team in spring training, but the schedules never aligned until today when Dungy was in New York for some television work.

“In important games, it’s not necessary who has the most talent, but what team sticks together and executes their fundamentals the best,” Dungy said afterward, explaining his message. “Probably nothing they haven’t heard from Joe, but I know I have a son who doesn’t listen to anything I say, but if he hears the same thing from someone else, sometimes it has a little more impact.”

Girardi is a big Dungy fan, and he likes bringing speakers to talk to the team. This spring, he brought former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson to be a guest speaker.

“I admire (Dungy) tremendously for his faith, his beliefs, the kind of man he is, the kind of family man, the kind of coach,” Girardi said. “I’ve read his books. I subscribe to his website. A ton of respect.”

The players and Girardi said Dungy’s message didn’t have a lot to do with sports, but was more about the life experiences of an athlete. It was a brief speech — Dungy guessed it lasted about five minutes — and there were some follow-up discussion. My most accounts, it was Nick Swisher who asked the most questions.

“Winning at any level in any other sport, seems so much harder because you’re not doing it,” Curtis Granderson said. “When you listen to it, you’re like man that’s pretty cool and that’s pretty neat just because it’s related in a different aspect. It’s still winning. The philosophies are very similar.”

• Other than the Dungy appearance, this seemed to be a pretty slow afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The players had optional batting practice and were filtering in and out of the clubhouse the whole time the media was in there.

• Austin Kearns is back in the Yankees lineup for the first time since being hit in the elbow by a pitch in Baltimore. “The last couple of days it’s gotten better,” he said. “It was just a matter of the swelling and stiffness getting better.”

• Phil Hughes said he wasn’t caught to off guard by having his start changed to Wednesday. He joked that he’s not thinking of this as being skipped, just pushed back three days.

• Hughes seemed to have the same attitude as Dave Eiland, saying he doesn’t know what made the difference the last time he had a start pushed back. Maybe the inning of relief helped. Maybe the change in some of his side work helped. Or maybe he simply had better stuff that day. Either way, he’s not putting too much thought into the extra rest this time around, or leading into the playoffs.

• As he’s said before, Girardi once again said his management style would not have been any different had their spot in the standings been different. “I haven’t managed any different the whole year,” he said.

• Funniest father-son combination in the clubhouse has to be Kerry Wood and his little boy. That kid will follow Wood everywhere, and the two seem to be always having some sort of playful conversation. It’s really funny to watch.

RED SOX
Marco Scutaro SS
J.D. Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jed Lowrie SS
Ryan Kalish CF
Daniel Nava LF
Lars Anderson 1B

Dungy picture from his website

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20 Responses to “Pregame notes: Guest in the clubhouse”

  1. Nick in SF September 25th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    It’s like an Angel in the outfield, but different.

    Big Al, I can’t accept the bet on your terms, I already have a wager about Crawford and I don’t like the straight up odds on ‘no big ticket outfielder’.

  2. JobaTipsHisCap September 25th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    they’d better win today.
    lose series to Sux B (or C) team in YS? that would be total choking.

  3. CR9 September 25th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Big Al – Awww, BoooooHoooooHoooooo. Somebody doesnt worship your god like you do :sniff sniff: WaaaaWaaaaaWaaaaaa

    Poor God, whatever shall he do! :lol:

    There’s only one Lord and Savior, and that is without a doubt, the timeless, ageless New York Yankees :)

  4. Irreverent Discourse September 25th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    fundamentals, teamwork…

    … and NO CUSSIN’!

  5. BIG AL September 25th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Nick-

    So you think the Yankees might sign Crawford, but not Werth, is that correct?

  6. Eduardo September 25th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    @Big AL @CR9 Do not bring your talk of religion here. This is not the place for religious discussion. There are hundreds of other websites that you can take it to.

  7. CR9 September 25th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I wasnt talking about religion. I was shooting down some schnuck for thinking he has the right to tell someone what they can or cannot feel and believe.

  8. BIG AL September 25th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Nick -

    Would you consider a bet that the Yankees will sign either Crawford or Werth in the off season?

  9. BIG AL September 25th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Nick in SF -

    I’ll be back after the game, let me know what you decide.

  10. montyque September 25th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Good to see Dungy speaking — that guy was a helluva coach. Sad to see, though, that Girardi went out of his way to show that he admires this world-class homophobe for his “beliefs.”

  11. playing hurt September 25th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    “Having faith, no matter what that faith is in, is an asset in my opinion. But it’s rude to impress your faith on others unsolicited, and it’s downright unprofessional and borderline disgusting when it’s in the context of “saving” an employee because you disagree with a lifestyle that has absolutely nothing to do with said employee’s ability to do his job. This isn’t a matter of whether I agree with Dungy’s definition of morality — though I vehemently disagree with it. It’s a matter of professional ethics. It’s not Dungy’s place to impose his values on an employee. Nor is it wise to publicly condemn a demographic of the business which has made Dungy millions.”

  12. theREALkevin September 25th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    we all know Girardi is a holy roller. and now we also know he still lies to the media. way to insult everyone’s intelligence who had to listen to to those quotes, Joe. like Chad Gaudin and Mitre would have pitched in an extra innings game in September if the Yankees were neck and neck in a playoff race???? what a joke…. just blatantly lies…. like anyone would even believe that… what a leader that guy is

  13. playing hurt September 25th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    We all know how Dungy feels about his faith. And we all, obviously, know how Dungy feels about homosexuality; if the above quote weren’t enough, he’s also publically supported the Indiana Family Institute, which has sought to make gay marriage illegal in Indiana.

  14. Ace September 25th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Dungy is the expert in tanking the end of the season

  15. playing hurt September 25th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    The man rode Peyton’s back to one Super bowl , all of sudden , He is the beacon of success?
    Joe G needs to find a better winner , oh look, Joe Torre won four !

  16. Nick in SF September 25th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I don’t think they will sign Crawford or Werth, but I already have a bet that they won’t sign Crawford; a seperate bet that they won’t sign either doesn’t help me much if it’s at even money. A no-Werth bet is what I’m looking for.

  17. Ruby Tuesday September 25th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    (1) We all know J*n L*st*r will pitch great today.

    (2) We all know scrubs like J*d L*wr**, Ry*n K*l*sh, D*n**l N*v*, and L*rs *nd*rs*n will somehow come up with huge hits against Yankee pitching. After all, scrub players always have success against Yankee pitching. No?

  18. Georgia_in_MS September 25th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Tony Dungy’s “no cussing” was really related to professional atheletes and coaches to be more professional. Over the years, I have read tons of articles on being a success and being taken seriously. The one thing I know they all seem to mention is language. One even went so far as to say cussing makes a person appear uneducated.

    Maybe if atheletes hold themselves to a higher standard, they’ll stop being arrested for this or that. What happened to them being role models?

  19. ericns1 September 25th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Won’t help – fear this team is on the decline

  20. Wang IS Taiwan September 25th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Hey Chad — can you tell us how old Kerry Wood’s little boy is? Just curious. Nice to hear he enjoys being a good dad.

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