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One last full day of workouts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are taking a half day tomorrow. They’ll work out briefly in the morning, then they’ll leave the ballpark for Joe Girardi’s mysterious team outing. On Friday, the team is playing an exhibition game against South Florida.

That leaves today as the final full workout before Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener.

“It’s been four months,” Curtis Granderson said yesterday. “We’ve got to remember it and fine tune it. I get it for a pitch and lose it for a pitch. I get it for a batting practice, and I lose it for a batting practice. The best thing is, it’s February 20 something, and it’s a leap year, so you get one extra day.”

Today is that extra day.

 
 

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49 Responses to “One last full day of workouts”

  1. randy l. February 29th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    that baseball prospectus projection has the yankees 4 games ahead of anyone else in baseball.

    the team is strong.

    i actually thing this time when the yankees are strong relative to their competition allows them to be careful and patient how they work in younger players over the next two years.

  2. Erin February 29th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’m glad they’re doing the team outing again this year.

    DavidWaldstein Yankee infielders, including Derek Jeter, out early working on double plays – but NOT cut-offs.

    MarcCarig Ah, the sounds of spring training: Tony Pena torturing the catchers with a pitching machine in the hitting tunnel.

  3. Tom in N.J. February 29th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    MarcCarig bizarro world: Francona in Yanks’ clubhouse. Seriously.

  4. blake February 29th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I like Tito….glad he and Valentine switched places because I might actually be able to at least tolerate Sunday night baseball again now.

  5. randy l. February 29th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    blake

    francona despite being on the other side was pretty classy about it considering the rivalry.

    solid baseball guy.

  6. blake February 29th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Yea he never really fit in boston to me…..all I know is Bobby Vs team better back up his mouth or the backlash in beantown will be swift.

  7. Erin February 29th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    DavidWaldstein Jeter said he is indifferent about Bobby V’s comments that he was out of position on the famous flip play. “Why are we talking about this?”

  8. blake February 29th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Jeter is way too classy to get into a verbal sparring match with a manager who has never won anything…..

  9. Irreverent Discourse February 29th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    “Yeah, where was Bobby when I was making that play? Replay must be good.”

    Sometimes I wish Jeter had a little bite to him. :)

  10. Irreverent Discourse February 29th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Sometimes I think Valentine feels like his time in Japan was a good will tour, and he forgets he was basically run out of the league because no one wanted to hire him.

  11. blake February 29th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Bobby just can’t help himself….he’s an egomaniac.

  12. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    ID –

    If it was me – my response would have been: “Bobby V, the Tuffy Rhodes of managers. Non-nondescript in the US, but successful in Japan. Maybe if he did spend more time working on cutoff plays the Mets would have beaten us in 2000.”

  13. randy l. February 29th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    “Yea he never really fit in boston to me…..all I know is Bobby Vs team better back up his mouth or the backlash in beantown will be swift.”

    that place is always a street fight waiting to break out .

    francona toned down the rhetoric , and valentine is pouring gasoline on it.

  14. Shame Spencer February 29th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Bobby V. not knowing something about baseball they teach you in little league is not all that surprising.

    Also, Arod will never be my *favorite* Yankee but I don’t remember him getting beat up by Vtek. In fact, IIRC, even with all that catchers gear on, didn’t Arod get him in a headlock and not let go until someone dragged him off?

    Arod = Heart of a centaur.

  15. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    blake February 29th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Bobby just can’t help himself….he’s an egomaniac.
    —————–

    He was Rex Ryan before anyone knew who Rex Ryan was.

    Another good retort “I’m just glad I play for managers with more class than to try and sneak back into the dugout after they’ve been ejected.”

  16. Mike Ri February 29th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I agree nothing but respect for Terry Francona . He’s a classy guy. Bobby V ( Rex Ryan Jr.) on the other hand .. he’ll get his !!

  17. Bronx Jeers February 29th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Francona:

    You can’t invent the heat of the rivalry. It doesn’t work.

  18. Erin February 29th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    MarcCarig Francona says you can’t “invent” the heat of the rivalry. “It doesn’t work.”

    MarcCarig Francona on Jeter’s flip play: “That play is part of baseball lore…He’s the only guy who makes that play.”

  19. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Jeter saying he was indifferent was the best possible response.

    Valentine is very much like Randy. Getting owned is lost on him. So long as someone gives him attention back, even in the form of a rhetorical beat-down, through Valentine’s personal filter he wins, he thinks he got under your skin so therefore he accomplished something.

    You can’t beat someone who in their own mind is unbeatable.

  20. Erin February 29th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    OldHossRadbourn T. Francona. B. Valentine. Pistols. Dawn. I would pay to watch this.

  21. MaineYankee February 29th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    stuckey

    Don’t poke the bear.

    randy has been unusally positive this morning so enjoy. :D :

    By the way, thank you randy.

  22. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Valentine lacks class – this is nothing new. He’s only happy when he’s the center of attention.

    This is why he was a baseball outcast who had to go to Japan to find a job.

    It’s yet another reason I’m glad Theo is in Chicago…Bobby is a Larry Luccinno hire that is going to be terrible for a team that already has character issues.

  23. randy l. February 29th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    “Valentine is very much like Randy.”

    unsolicited personal attacks drag down the quality of the blog.

    stick to the topic please .

  24. Erin February 29th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    MarcCarig A-Rod says he’s not going to win a war of words with Bobby V. Forwards questions to his new press agent: Reggie Jackson. Alrighty then.

  25. blake February 29th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Its taken Alex awhile but he finally gets it with regards to PR…..

    Francona is right…..its always week when guys try to force the rivalry wihen they’ve never been part of it before……..if Jorge Posada says he hates the Red Sox then that means something.

  26. blake February 29th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Weak

  27. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    This is the topic. I was responding to those who were coming up with clever retort’s they wished Jeter has used, and I was responding to that in an analogous way that resonate with members of this forum.

    Valentine is a narcissist. If you play his game, he’ll in his mind interpret it as a win for him no matter what your move. Valentine’s M.O. is the ability to spin anything he says or does in his favor, regardless of the response or result. He’ll retroactively convince himself and try to convince others whatever happened is exactly what he planned to happen.

    Members of this forum are entirely free to disagree with me regarding my interpretation of Bobby Valentine.

    Anyone think I’m off base?

  28. randy l. February 29th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    the american league east is at a weakened state right now with the red sox in disarray and the rays strong in only pitching.

    the yankees should have the luxury to get their ducks in a row this summer .

    barring serious injuries , they should be in very good shape.

  29. blake February 29th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    “Jeter saying he was indifferent was the best possible response.”

    I agree…..not caring about simethig Valentine says is the best way to get under his skin ……he’s basically a troll in real life.

  30. DONNYBROOK February 29th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Francona has rings, which obviously speak to his ability as a Mgr. He also coached the greatest series comeback of all-time, but also coached 1 of the Greatest Sept. Collapses of all-time. And, you can Not get away from the fact that all that BS that went on in the R\S Clubhouse, occured while he was the guy in charge. If Not for 1 SB, this guy woulda been run outta Boston on a rail, extremely early in his Managerial career. As for Valentine, he’s currently fanning his feathers in hopes that someone will notice him. He simply can Not help himself. The guy is stuck on himself. I only hope he has a better makeup man in Boston, than he had while with ESPN.

  31. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Blake -

    I agree. The only thing that would have been better would be “I’m working on what I need to do for 2012; I don’t have time to worry about someone thinks about what I did 12 years ago.”

  32. blake February 29th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I don’t really think Randy is like Bobby V though…..Randy just has strong opinions on things.

  33. Shame Spencer February 29th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Erin February 29th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    MarcCarig A-Rod says he’s not going to win a war of words with Bobby V. Forwards questions to his new press agent: Reggie Jackson. Alrighty then.
    ——————————-

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Now THAT’S amazing!

    And I don’t hate Bobby V. for being classless and obnoxious. Those are two qualities I hold near and dear to my own heart. But there’s a line somewhere. You guys can compare him to Rex Ryan… but did Rex Ryan ever try to pretend that Tom Brady didn’t know what position he should be in lol? Or if he were in the right one.. that he was only there as a happy accident?

    If Bobby had a better team, this would make more sense. But right now, he’s battling it out to be the 2nd best team in the AL East and he’s taunting a sleeping giant before Opening Day. God, I hope Toronto finally pulls it together and shuts Boston out of the playoffs for a few seasons.

  34. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 29th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    It’s not even March, and Bobby V is already fulfilling my expectations.

    In fact, he’s exceeded them, cause i never thought he would be able to make Tito look this good this soon.

    What a dolt! I don’t even think it’s a question of if, but WHEN, he’ll begin to self-destruct.

    I was soooo happy the day they hired him!!!

  35. MTU February 29th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I got a way to solve all our energy problems.

    Just tap into Bobby V.

    The World’s last great source of untapped natural gas.

    :)

  36. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    If I wanted to give Valentine any credit at all (or any benefit of the doubt) I would suggest that his blabbering was an attempt to focus the press on him so that his team could go about its business without having to be asked a million questions about last year’s collapse, the rifts within the clubhouse…blah blah blah.

  37. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    MTU February 29th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I got a way to solve all our energy problems.

    Just tap into Bobby V.

    The World’s last great source of untapped natural gas.
    —————-

    Actually I had some asparagus last night for dinner and I could power a small country right now.

  38. austinmac February 29th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Valentine is an egotistical jerk who will wear thin on his players as he tries to take the limelight. A good manager takes the heat for his players. Valentine takes credit for their successes.

  39. randy l. February 29th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    blake -

    i think if valentine was manager of the yankees , he’s be taking a totally different approach.

    because he knows he’s the underdog , he’s trying to take the top dog off it’s game.

    one of the things jeter brings to the yankees is the ability to not take the bait from people who try to take him off his game.

    valentine knows he can’t beat the yankees, so he going to try to get them in a baseball street fight.
    there’s a reason jeter is the captain of the yankees.
    he plays his own game and doesn’t let his buttons get pushed.

  40. MTU February 29th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Chip-

    Try raw broccolli and cabbage for better results.

    Make the 2nd course Pinto beans.

    Warn the neighborhood first.

    :)

  41. 108 stitches February 29th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Valentine was told by Lucchino to stir the pot so the obvious weaknesses in pitching, and key positions at SS, RF, C, and a possible injury to Yooookilis or Dustmite Pedroia keeps up the faith from the delusional fanbase.
    No hopefuls anytime soon from their dilapidated farm system speaks volumes.

  42. MTU February 29th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Hike day today.

    Catch you all later.

  43. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    “If I wanted to give Valentine any credit at all (or any benefit of the doubt) I would suggest that his blabbering was an attempt to focus the press on him so that his team could go about its business without having to be asked a million questions about last year’s collapse, the rifts within the clubhouse…blah blah blah.”

    Of course it was. His shortcoming is making it SO obvious, because he WANTS you to know that was his intent. The transparency kills the intended effect.

  44. MaineYankee February 29th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I know some here won’t like the comparison but Jeter reminds me of Bird.

    Always seeing a couple of steps ahead and also sees things others never would.

  45. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The transparency kills the intended effect.

    ———————

    I don’t know – it seems like the press is more focused on his comments about Tito and Jeter and A-Rod than on the Sox collapse so maybe it worked. After all the members of the media are pretty stupid (no offense Chad)

  46. randy l. February 29th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    108-

    valentine and lucchino are two peas in a pod.

    the classlessness and arrogance of these two should take the red sox to new depths .

    “He claims to have invented the Wrap sandwich. He claims that his restaurant was the first anywhere to serve a sandwich in a tortilla wrap. Valentine made this claim while his restaurant was showcased on the Food Network.[14] ”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Valentine

    does anything more need to be said?

    what a moron.

  47. Chip February 29th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    BloggingBombers When Terry Francona (now an ESPN broadcaster) saw Derek Jeter in the clubhouse, he said, “Great to see you. … and I mean it this time.”

    hahahaha

    That’s almost as funny as when Francona was managing the All Star game and Damon was on the team (still a Red Sox) Mo’s on the mound and all of a sudden Francona hears Damon behind him yell “Come on Mo!!!” Francona said he turned around very slowly and looked at Damon who didn’t even look at Francona but said “yeah, it felt strange to me too.”

  48. Erin February 29th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    New Post- Wednesday morning notes: Indifferent

    :arrow:

  49. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    “I don’t know – it seems like the press is more focused on his comments about Tito and Jeter and A-Rod than on the Sox collapse so maybe it worked. After all the members of the media are pretty stupid (no offense Chad)”

    Temporary… like Arod, what happened in 2011 will always be the fallback story on a slow news day. Valentine can’t keep them occupied every news cycle. First time Beckett pitches, it’ll be there. First time Lester pitchers, it’ll be there.

    First ball loss and/or losing streak, it’ll be there.


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