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Saturday notes: “Why we’re here”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 25, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi addressed the team this morning. His message included a Yankees video full of highlights, including footage of the 2009 World Series championship.

“I talked to them about why we’re here, our goals and the importance of keeping your goals in mind when you’re going through your work,” Girardi said. “Spring training, as we know, can get long at times. We ask you to do things, make adjustments sometimes that you’ve never been asked to do. We talk about the importance of communicating between us, what you’re feeling, what you need, maybe something you don’t like. The importance of that.

“The real message is keeping in mind what we’re setting out to do and don’t lose sight of that when you’re doing your work every day. That’s why we do the work.”

Asked whether “what we’re setting out to do” meant playing well or winning a championship, Girardi didn’t hesitate.

“Championship,” he said.

• Six pitchers faced hitters this morning, but Ivan Nova was the only projected big leaguer among them. “We just felt he was ready for it,” Giradri said. “Larry (Rothschild) is trying to give them individual attention.” Basically, the Yankees aren’t forcing every pitcher to stay on the same schedule. Some guys are throwing 25 pitches in their bullpens, some are up to 40.

• Girardi said he still doesn’t have a rotation for the first few exhibition games, but it’s no coincidence that guys like David Phelps, D.J. Mitchell, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos faced hitters today. “At some point I think you’ll see those guys in games earlier than maybe our projected starters,” Girardi said “You’re not going to see CC on the 3rd. I’m not sure what CC’s first day is. You’ll see some of those young kids.”

• Mark Teixiera has lost a little bit of weight, but he still looks as powerful as ever. “He’s strong as can be again,” Girardi said. “Tex has always been that, and he’s extremely well conditioned. He watches his diet. He’s a very health-conscious guy and I think it’s just what he thought would be best for him.”

• Raul Ibanez is the only new position player expected to make the big league roster. “Looks good,” Girardi said. “I didn’t see him a whole lot today. I was over with the pitchers today, but he looks healthy, he looks strong, he looks like he’s moving fine.”

• Although his name was listed for batting practice, Austin Romine did not participate. And it might be a few more days before he finally does. “Backs are tricky so I can’t tell you how long Romine is going to be out,” Girardi said. “You won’t see him out there tomorrow, I can tell you that. He could be a little while.”

• George Kontos also sat out today’s workout because of that oblique issue. Although Kontos has said he’s feeling much better, Girardi said it’s still going to be “a little while” before Kontos is back.

• Random observation: While Mariano Rivera was playing catch this afternoon, his throwing partner was David Wells.

• I’m sure a lot of these guys will move around quite a bit this spring, but if you’re curious: Brandon Laird, Russell Branyan, Jorge Vazquez and Mark Teixeira took their ground balls at first base today; Bill Hall, Eric Chavez, Jayson Nix and Alex Rodriguez were at third; Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena, Doug Bernier and Derk Jeter were at short; and David Adams, Corban Joseph and Robinson Cano took their reps at second.

• Phil Hughes is still throwing more bullpen pitches than most guys, but his total has remained at 40. That’s pretty much the maximum that Larry Rothschild wants his pitchers to throw in the bullpen. With only a day between, Rothschild doesn’t want much more. Hughes said he occasionally will go up to 45 pitches in a bullpen session during the season, but it’s usually cutoff around 40.

• With the new bullpen built on the back field, it’s a little harder to see everything this year. I picked my battles and watched Jeter and Rodriguez’s groups take batting practice, but I only saw a little bit of the rotation guys throwing bullpens. “We’re a little more spread out because we moved the mounds,” Girardi said. “But I like the way it works. The pitchers can do all their work on one field now, instead of having to go back and forth. I actually really like it. We never hit over there anyway so it wasn’t like you needed those fields to hit on.”

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20 Responses to “Saturday notes: “Why we’re here””

  1. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    ‘Derk Jeter’


    Is this some new FA signee to help out at short ?

  2. Chad Jennings February 25th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    It’s Curtis Ganderson’s cousin.

  3. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I like it. Have Derek change his name to Derk, makes the Capt. sound like a tough guy.:lol:

    Just think Grandy type of production from the SS postion, Grandy got anymore cousins ?

  4. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Chad, have you gotten to see Hughes pitch? Impressions? How about Brett Marshall; is he also ahead and expected to pitch in early games?

  5. Nick in SF February 25th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Chad might not be able to remember who Hughes and Marshall are until this Mizzou/KU game is over.

  6. Nick in SF February 25th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    :shock: :mad: :cry:

  7. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Ok, just checked and I see the game is in OT; I can wait. :)

  8. Nick in SF February 25th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    It’s over now.

    There’s some chance that Chad smashed his iphone on the wall, so I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for an answer.

  9. PacoDooley February 25th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Say what you will about A-Rod, but you have to respect the fact that he always works hard and gives huge effort to remain an elite athlete. He’s been injured, but it hasn’t stopped him from remaining hungry to succeed. He certainly doesn’t need money, but he is not complacent. He’s not worth what he’s being paid, but at least he tries to live up to the contract.

  10. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Nick, then perhaps baseball might be a good distraction for Chad right about now. ;)

  11. CountryClub February 25th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Romine had back issues last yr too

  12. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Yep, Romine missed 11 games in August 2011 b/c of the back. He was banged up most of last season.

  13. Nick in SF February 25th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Perhaps, but the emotional importance of this game to a Mizzou fan can scarcely be overstated.

    I just hope Chad found some KU fan to give him the 8.5 points. That might ease the pain a little. It sure helped for me.

  14. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    ‘He’s been injured, but it hasn’t stopped him from remaining hungry to succeed.’


    Good thing too, getting paid $ 30 million to be a part player sucks for the team.

  15. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    ‘He’s not worth what he’s being paid’……………….


    Where is ole Hank anyway ? I love that guy ! :-)

  16. Nick in SF February 25th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    That “Hitler bets against Jeremy Lin” video was hilarious.

    Thanks to everyone who posted it.

  17. Chad Jennings February 25th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    My phone survived, probably because I was still at the stadium writing throughout the Mizzou game and didn’t see a second of it. My girlfriend is a college basketball writer, so she texted me when it was over. Not great.

    I haven’t seen Marshall pitch, but I’ve seen Hughes. He looks pretty good to me, but with the new bullpen, it’s hard to see breaking balls very well. And there’s no gun on him right now, so I have no clue what his velocity is. He just looks comfortable — and he sounds confident — which seems pretty significant given last season.

  18. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    GO ‘PHILLY’…………………………Meaning Phil of course, knock em dead and prove em all wrong.

    Nay sayer’s be damned !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for the info, Chad. Sorry about the Mizzou game.

  20. m February 25th, 2012 at 8:28 pm


    Can you describe or explain the psychedelic backdrop from the bullpen pictures you’ve been posting?

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