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Pregame notes: Early work for the skipper

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 28, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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There wasn’t a lot of breaking news coming out of the Yankees clubhouse before tonight’s game, so I’ll lead the notes with this little tidbit.

Joe Girardi took some early batting practice today. He shagged fly balls for a small group of Yankees, and when they were done, Girardi took his turn doing Kevin Long’s net drill. Long has his guys hit with a screen in front of them. It’s physically impossible to get full their arms fully extended.

“It teaches you to be quick to the ball, and short,” Girardi said. “Or you do what I did the first time and hit a little dribbler to the cage.”

Girardi said it had been about four years since he took any sort of batting practice. This session lasted only 15 or so swings until Girardi finally got a ball out of the park, pulling a home run about 350 feet to left field.

“I was hoping I could do it,” he said. “Once I started getting close, then I had to keep going… It was a wall-scrapper. I’m glad Grandy wasn’t there to go up the fence and rob it.”

This was before regular batting practice. It was basically the early drill that Robinson Cano does all the time. So why did Girardi want to get involved?

“If I was ever to suggest it to someone, I know what it’s about,” he said. “And I also want to teach my son to do it.”

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball• Andy Pettitte is starting tomorrow. At least that’s the plan for now, but Girardi left open the possibility of changing that plan if the Yankees clinch tonight. “I’ll worry about tomorrow if I have to,” he said.

• Mariano Rivera did some of the same pregame work today that he did yesterday. Rivera is available tonight. “He’s not satisified with what’s happened the last few times out and he’s trying to fix it,” Girardi said. “I love it.”

• Could CC Sabathia make another start in the regular season? “We’ll see,” Girardi said. “It’s possible.” Sabathia would be on regular rest for the season finale.

• Girardi said he doesn’t have a rotation for the Boston series. He also said the staff has not been talking much about the playoff rotation or roster the past few days. He has not looked at numbers at all for teams the Yankees might face. “We’re not talking about it,” Girardi said. “You have to get in first. That’s our focus. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

• Girardi was asked if it’s possible A.J. Burnett is hurt, leading to his bad second half. “He’s healthy,” was Girardi’s response.

• The Yankees actually faced Kyle Drabek once in spring training, but this was back when Drabek was with the Phillies. “I faced his father and his father wore me out,” Girardi said.

• According to Girardi, tomorrow’s game will start at 7:30 because the Blue Jays have a pregame ceremony planned to honor Cito Gaston.

UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: Blue Jays lineup
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
J.P. Arencibia DH

Associated Press photos of Girardi and Jeter





14 Responses to “Pregame notes: Early work for the skipper”

  1. 108 stitches September 28th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Yes, it’s true …..

    The Rays are giving away 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow night’s game vs. the Orioles on a 1st come – 1st serve basis.
    So-called fans will be coming out of the woodwork like rats. Pathetic !

  2. Tabbert September 28th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    well, giving away the seats for tomorrows game is just pointless. What if they clinch tonight? what good do the free seats do for tomorrows meaningless game?

  3. The Phenom September 28th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    It is a gesture of good will and free baseball…why bash it?

  4. Bronx Jeers September 28th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    well, giving away the seats for tomorrows game is just pointless. What if they clinch tonight? what good do the free seats do for tomorrows meaningless game?

    Well unless the Rays and Yanks are both playing triple headers tonight it would be impossible for the Rays to clinch anything.

    But to answer your question, you get people in the park to promote your team, create buzz, excitement etc.

    It can’t hurt the players as well to actually play in front of a decent sized crowd.

    It’s a wise move on the Rays part.

  5. pat September 28th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    20,000 Yankee fans should gobble up the tickets and root for the Showalters!

  6. The Phenom September 28th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Sadly, on this blog, people will complain about anything.

  7. Ruby Tuesday September 28th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    G o Y a n k e e s !

  8. Tabbert September 28th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    A good gesture? more like the rays know that if they don’t get people in those seats that their potential free agents are going to book it. The rays players have all publicly said they are tired of playing in front of 12,000 at home all season even in the midst of their best season ever as a franchise.

    Create a buzz? promote the team? The rays have one of the highest tv ratings in all of baseball. People KNOW about the rays.. they don’t need to promote a team that has the best record in baseball. People simply do not feel like driving to st pete and sitting in a crap hole for 3 hours and then having to drive all the way back home to tampa.

    The rays will lose money this year even if they win the world series, sell out every playoff game, promote, create buzz. The simple fact is, this franchise will never make it in a crap town or in that crap stadium. Pretty sad when you already have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, might win the world series, and have to shred another 25 million from the payroll.

  9. Doreen September 28th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    How did I not know this was a My9 game??????????? Ugh.

  10. Tabbert September 28th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    The rays can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight. I don’t consider that ” nothing” but thats just me.

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    Looks like MLB Network is not showing the Yankee game again, unless your in a market where they’d have to black out the Braves or Marlins.

  12. Tabbert September 28th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    mlb network is giving me the yankees feed

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