This morning, Mark Teixeira called the Yankees underdogs, and said he enjoys coming to camp with that kind of target on his back.
“It’s a lot of fun because we’re the underdogs this year,” Teixeira said. “I love it. No one’s picking us right now, and everyone in here should be looking forward to winning a championship. When you put on the pinstripes, that’s exactly what your goal should be every year. I think everyone understands that. Just because the public might not be picking us doesn’t mean we don’t believe it in here.”
Brian Cashman just came to the press box to talk to the media, and he said he likes Teixeira’s approach.
“I think it means, I want the collective to think we have to fight,” Cashman said. “We’ve worn the target of being the hunted. Let’s be the hunter, see if that works well for us.”
As he’s said previously this winter, Cashman said the Red Sox are a better team on paper because they seem to be a finished product. The Yankees still have some uncertainty and things that could be addressed down the road.
“I have more work to get accomplished,” Cashman said. “They’ve accomplished all of their roster goals. I have yet to accomplish all of my roster goals… If this were a horse race, they would have the inside lane as the race starts. They’d have the pole position. Doesn’t mean you win the race.”
• Robinson Cano was a light arrival because he got the dates mixed up. He thought the physicals were tomorrow and the first workout was Monday. “No biggie,” Cashman said. This morning, Curtis Granderson was talking about how none of the position players working out at the minor league complex this week seemed to know for sure what day they were supposed to report.
• Hector Noesi is supposed to fly into town tonight. “Until I actually see him, I’m going to keep it at, there’s a chance,” Cashman said.
• Bartolo Colon’s weight doesn’t bother Cashman. “We saw him pitching in winter ball,” Cashman said. “We know what we signed.” Cashman said Colon is athletic enough to keep up with everyone, despite his size. “He is what he is,” Cashman said. “We’ll condition him like everyone else, but there’s no crack down on him. I signed him for a reason, and I know what I signed.”
• Asked about Alex Rodriguez showing up a little lighter this spring, Cashman zinged a one-liner: “He’s lighter. That’s all I’ll say.” Given this week’s Joba Chamberlain conversation, it was hilarious.
Associated Press photo of Rodriguez and Teixeira