“I was definitely not feeling very good at all,” Ibanez said. “K-Long, he’s diligent, and he’s probably the hardest working guy I’ve ever seen. He sticks with you and sticks with it and stays positive, and he works. He works tirelessly and stays positive and he’s been very, very helpful. … We did a lot of work yesterday with Kevin and Reggie (Jackson) was out there. It was very helpful, and I felt like today I felt a lot better at the plate.”
Ibanez homered today. It was one swing that probably doesn’t mean much in the big picture, but that one swing that might be at least an indication that Ibanez is starting to find his timing again.
“It’s one at-bat, but the feel today was much better than it has been,” Ibanez said.
Said Joe Girardi: “It’s good for him to get that hit like that for us, drive the ball like he’s capable of doing. It’s good to see. You see a guy (exhale) a little bit, so it’s good.”
With Opening Day less than two weeks away, Ibanez probably doesn’t have enough time to make his spring numbers nice and shiney — right now he’s hitting .075 — but these next few days could be key in getting Ibanez where he wants to be heading into the opener.
“This part of spring training is definitely the most important part because it’s kind of what you want to take into the season with you,” Ibanez said. “This part is definitely more important especially when you go into it … especially when things are wrong.”