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Monday morning notes: Roberts found inspiration in Jeter

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 17, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Although they won’t official report until later in the week, a few position players typically trickle into big league camp early. They set up their lockers, meet some new teammates, and don’t stick around for long. Today it was new second baseman Brian Roberts who stepped into the clubhouse and went searching for his locker. He found it next to Derek Jeter’s.

“He’s meant a ton to me even though I only played about five games with him in the WBC as teammates,” Roberts said. “He’s just always been that guy that encouraged me from the other side. I played against him obviously a ton. One of those guys that early in my career really actually helped me believe that I could play here at this level and play well.”

In fact, Roberts remembers exactly the moment that Jeter spurred him to expect big things at this level.

“I think it was maybe 2004,” Roberts said. “I was on second or something and he just said, ‘You can hit .300 in this league.’ That was kind of, to hear it from someone like that, it just kind of opens your eyes. I don’t think it’s just me, I think he does it to everybody, but for some reason when he tells it to you, you think you’re the most important person in the world. He’s just kind of got that personality, and he’s so good with people.”

Roberts talked a lot about staying healthy (no lingering issues, he said) and about leaving Baltimore (expected to play his whole career there) and about signing with the Yankees (the two sides began talking even before Robinson Cano left for Seattle), but the part that sticks out is just how much it seems that Jeter has legitimately meant to Roberts’ career. They’ve been in this division for a long time, and don’t forget, Roberts has been an awfully good player himself. They’re first-time teammates, but there’s no introduction necessary.

“I had the opportunity to play with Cal (Ripken Jr.) his last year,” Roberts said. “So I’ve seen kind of that whole thing play out before, and that was an amazing experience to walk those last few months with Cal. I remember him hitting a home run in the eighth or something in Atlanta, and he got a curtain call. When does that ever happen, and I could see the same thing here happening. There’s such a select few guys that have meant what they’ve meant to the game, and it’s going to be an incredible experience to play with (Jeter) this year.”

David Phelps· Most of the action at Steinbrenner Field happened early this morning, and the schedule actually looks pretty light the rest of the day. There will still be some workouts, but there are no more bullpens or batting practice sessions scheduled for the big league complex. Several vans are taking groups of pitchers over to the minor league complex to throw batting practice over there. The Yankees needed the extra catchers and extra hitters, and rather than bring minor leaguers over here for the day, they’re just sending a 10 pitchers across the street.

· Yoshinori Tateyama has arrived. He had some visa issues coming over from Japan, but he got in today and seems to be ready for workouts. He was in full Yankees gear in the clubhouse. Seemed to be planning to go through the normal routine today.

· Michael Pineda and Jose Campos threw bullpens earlier this morning. Those two didn’t face hitters. Based on the posted schedule, it looks like those are the only two throwing true sides today. Everyone else seems to be facing hitters.

· Speaking of facing hitters, the guys who were throwing batting practice here at Steinbrenner Field were doing so while the clubhouse was open to media, so it was hard to see all of it. I went out for a little bit of David Phelps’ BP session, and it was predictably quiet. This early in spring training, most hitters aren’t swinging much during batting practice. Out of maybe a dozen pitches, I think I saw three swings. Hitters are mostly just tracking, and pitchers are just trying to throw strikes.

· For those batting practice sessions, Francisco Arcia, Peter O’Brien and Jose Gil were scheduled to hit against everyone. The other catchers hit against one pitcher apiece.

· Live batting practice
David Phelps (Brian McCann catching; Sanchez hitting)
Adam Warren (Francisco Cervelli catching; McCann hitting)
Jim Miller (Austin Romine catching; Cervelli hitting)
Vidal Nuno (John Ryan Murphy catching; Romine hitting)
Preston Claiborne (Gary Sanchez catching; Murphy hitting)

· Going to the minor league complex to throw BP around 11 a.m.
Dellin Betances
Dan Burawa
Robert Coello
Shane Greene
Fred Lewis
Bryan Mitchell
Jose Ramirez
Francisco Rondon
Nik Turley
Chase Whitley

· Big day for the pitchers and catchers: Today’s their day for media training!

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55 Responses to “Monday morning notes: Roberts found inspiration in Jeter”

  1. DONNYBROOK February 17th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Roberts, a fading Vet aware of Exactly whose ring to kiss upon approaching the Throne. No dummy.

  2. MTU February 17th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I would like to know more about the lefty Lewis ?

    Is he advanced enough to become a dark horse for the Pen ?

  3. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Why didn’t they give me the locker beside Jeter, or do they already consider me some kind of veteran presence? I hope I get my own hotel rooms.

  4. yankeefeminista February 17th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Speaking of which, how is the pup, MTU?

    I wish I were at the milb complex to watch the kiddies’ BPs.

    And I guess Brian Roberts thinks DJ’s a pretty good leader. Just sayin’.

    hey, jmills, still owe you some art links…

  5. MTU February 17th, 2014 at 10:53 am



    He is holding steady at about 85-90%.

    Thank you for asking once again.

    Anything new in your World ?

    I’m looking forward to those MiLB reports.


  6. Chad Jennings February 17th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    jmills February 17th, 2014 at 10:48 am e

    Why didn’t they give me the locker beside Jeter, or do they already consider me some kind of veteran presence? I hope I get my own hotel rooms.

    Jeter gets an empty locker right next to him so he has more room for his stuff. Ichiro, Beltran and Sabathia get the same treatment. It’s kind of a tradition of sorts for veteran players to be given a little extra space in the clubhouse. Happens on the road all the time, everyone else will be crowded in but guys like Jeter and Ichiro will have two lockers. It’s actually kind of neat. And with Roberts in the clubhouse, it works well because he’s also been around for a while and he kind of gets the same treatment while also getting to be next to Derek.

  7. austinmac February 17th, 2014 at 10:55 am


    Back from Big Bend. I think of you when I am there as it is high desert country. Nothing like your area, but it looks like another planet in some places. Very interesting.

    I do think Ichiro will be on the team unless they let Almonte have a shot. It looks to me that you have one too many infielders on your roster. Only one of Nunez, Anna and Sizemore can make the team.

    And what is the matter with people wanting to sue everyone? Sounds like income to me. :)

  8. bbb51 February 17th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I believe the planned/desired rotation for 2015 is:


    That’s a pretty inexpensive and young rotation if it works out. The Kuroda money could go into the offense.

  9. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Last Jays game I went to was a couple of years ago. Row 22 behind home, you guys were here – Friday night. The Yankee pitch tracker was beside me, and I pulled his chain asking what he thought of, Jim Beattie. Nice polite young guy, but his stalker radar gun wouldn’t work and I thought the Yankees should have had a backup in place for him. The two girls on the other side of me were hopelessly drunk, and at one poin got into a weird verbal fight with some woman 4 rows down. There was another couple of drunk idiots sitting in front of my Yankee tracker friend, and they just had to keep bugging about Jeter. I tried to make the Yankee guy feel that some of us here were reasonable and just wanted to make our transistor radios be heard above the damn music.

  10. blake February 17th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    “That’s a pretty inexpensive and young rotation if it works out. The Kuroda money could go into the offense.”

    I agree this is what they are hoping for and that’s fine….it would be a huge lift if that worked out and it would free up a lot of money to fix the infield.

  11. yankeefeminista February 17th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    MTU, good to hear about Lucky. Is he eating immune-boosting foods? I also hope time and loving care is treating all of you and yours healingly.

    I am working a lot and hanging on until live games start, watching the hockey Olympics, and yes, counting the days until my first live MiLB games. But hearing about all these bullpens and seeing vids of ST throwing, such as ManBan’s yesterday, have me inspired. Still I am aching for a real game.

    What are you up to?

  12. MTU February 17th, 2014 at 11:10 am


    Nice hope.


    I have not been there but my friends have. Seen photos. I liked what I have seen.

    Would like to get there sometime.

    Yeah. Forgot Ichiro.

    As long as I am not the sue-ee I don’t really care.


  13. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    If I were Jeter, my locker at every park would be a walk in closet.

    yf, I wonder if Sting has better art than me. I imagine he’s got quantity over me for sure.

  14. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    MTU, avocados are healthy fat, feed the pup avocados ( I’ll even make a vinigerette dressing ).

  15. MTU February 17th, 2014 at 11:22 am


    No. He is pretty finicky and I am glad to be able to just maintain his weight.

    Improving his immune system will just have to wait.

    Actually it is his immune system which is the problem. He has an auto-immune issue.

    Kind of tricky since it has to be suppressed for the time being.

    Me. Going thru a bit of a transition but hanging in.

    Still hiking several times a week and hoping to get out for more Photography.

    Last year was a Dusey. Left it’s scars.

    Still issues out there but this year has to be better. Just like for our Team.

    Thanks for asking.

    Hope you have a great year too.


  16. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    yf, I’m going to send a pic via Prufrock. It was in a Toronto bookstore in I think, ’89. I lined everything up perfectly and Sting was doing one of those serious Sting looks beside my sister who was beaming as you might well imagine. When it came to my turn, my sister was a can of worms and her finger covered half the lens. There’s part of me and Sting peeing himself laughing.

  17. MTU February 17th, 2014 at 11:23 am


    He won’t eat it even if I hand feed it to him.

    He likes his meat. He’s a real carnivore.

  18. kd February 17th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    two things:

    i think the team is hoping/praying hanley becomes a free agent

    it’s awesome to have baseball again

  19. exiledintampa February 17th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Kinda hope Bailey signs a team friendly type contract with the Reds. Then, he’ll be cheaper in trade then if we signed him as a FA. He can still be a trade chip for them. If they had any forsight, they’d get Gardner on a team friendly deal before he hit FA, but they don’t think like that. If he has a good year, I can see Gardner getting BJ. Upton to Michael Bourne money.

  20. MTU February 17th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I don’t think there is any question that the Yankees will after a SS next year.

    It will be their #1 priority IMO.

  21. Ys Guy February 17th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    It’s funny, people wait all winter till P&C’s report, then they get all excited, then a few days later we’re chatting about locker assignments, Sting’s art collection and avocados.
    Baseball doesnt get exciting till there’s baseball. I can’t wait till games start!@

  22. Yanks fan in MA February 17th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Coming down to Tampa Wednesday through Sunday for a NSA Softball Winter World Series in Tampa and I needed to know if anybody has a Yankee practice schedule for this week? Morning, afternoon?
    I know all players are to report by Wednesday. Came down last year for same reason but only caught the last few days of training camp where times varied and the opening game at Steinbrenner field that Sunday Granderson got injured with the HBP.

  23. Ys Guy February 17th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I think that even if Hanram becomes an FA it will just be in order to maximize the contract he gets from LA. It’s worth monitoring the situation, but they’d better be working on some much more likely scenarios than Hanley coming to the Bronx.

  24. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    It is great to have baseball back. No forthcoming strikes please that decimate Ken Griffey Jr’s home run drive along avec Montreale.

  25. Ys Guy February 17th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Wow! NSA weekend in Tampa?

    Collecting metadata on strippers?

  26. MTU February 17th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    There will be some interesting things that come out of ST.

    I’m looking forward to them.

    Always like the possibility of a surprise or 2.


  27. Ys Guy February 17th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    They were chatting up some alternate baseball histories on the radio this weekend concerning Arod, and one of them had Arod going to the Red Sox ending up keeping the Expos in Montreal as a result.

    My personal feeling is that the Expos could only be saved if someone built them a domed stadium (no way they could afford one) and that just wasnt going to happen.

    Also, while Montreal lost out, that franchise went from worse than the Rays to one of the stronger franchises in baseball.

  28. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    YS, the Expos were stuck in that albatross of an Olympic stadium that the tax payers just finished paying off. There was supposed to be a roof, but they couldn’t even get that straight. The Expos were bubbling with premium talent while all the crap was going down.

  29. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I can’t say its true, but I think there might very well have been some dirty money when it came to Montreal’s ’76 Olympic stadium. All I got was a bronze from Greg Joy in high jumping, we sucked at everything else. HWY overpasses occassional fall down in Montreal along with marble facings off of skyscrappers – the dirty construction thing gets brought up.

  30. tomingeorgia February 17th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Imagine, corruption in Quebec!

  31. Ys Guy February 17th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    So true mills. I lived in Northern Vt back then, so les Expos were my closest MLB team and we’d trek up there 3-4 times a year.

    People love to scream about MLB and Loria killing that franchise, but it was the Brochu Group that killed the golden goose and left a wreckage that MLB and ultimately Loria were left to clean up.

    As for the Mauseleum, it was truly horrific. The lighting was just like in a high school gym, that ugly greenish tint that could make a rose look repugnant. Cement all around and the seats were metal, so to make noise the 5K people there would lift the seat on the chair next to them, then slam it down on it’s metal hinge and make this nasty metalic CLACK! so to get a rally going, they’d all start clacking the seats and it would echo all around the park. Also it was soo freakin humongous, built to hold over 100,000 people, even if they got a good opening day crowd, it looked empty.
    All sounds, including the PA announcements (in fracaise of course) were just layers of echo upon echo bouncing off the cement.

    The scene in that place to an American was like stopping in for a drink at that bar in Star Wars.

    But we always had alot of fun in Montreal, one of my favorite cities in the world.

  32. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Ys, thanks for that depiction – priceless! They should have kept the Spaceman around longer.

  33. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Tom, as an American you’d be fine in Quebec, but some there wouldn’t be happy with me and my less than fluent ways. I do try and break the ice and it works out well when they realize I’m not trying to slight them. I’m proud of a French culture here, I’m proud of what Quebec brings to Canada.

  34. Ys Guy February 17th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    the trick my sister taught me worked great in Quebec (as well as France). When you approach someone in Montreal and need to ask a question or order food, or whatever, start out by saying, “I’m sorry, I don’t speak French, can you help me in English?” and they suddenly become the nicest people.

    Just a touch of respecting the local culture does the trick. Everybody in Quebec speaks English, but you have to ask nicely.

  35. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I was lost in Paris at midnight and ccouldn’t find my hotel which was on a little known side street. I pulled over and this nice mechanic with thick black rimmed glasses was nice enough to try and desparately give me directions. To this day, I’m thankful for that man’s attempts. I did make it to Jim Morrison’s grave – Pere Lachaise is beautiful. Edith Piaff is there. I loved the Art Nouveau iron work around each subway entrance.

  36. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    One of the best things about driving through Europe is the often lack of speeding controls. I had my foot buried to the floor on that rental left side stick shift Volkswagon – wonderful feeling with no worries.

  37. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Sorry, what I said might be confusing, I was driving in what is the passenger seat over here, stick shift to the left of me. It took a few gos around the parking lot, but I got it figured out.

  38. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Sarah Bernhardt is buried in Pere Lachaise as well. I don’t want people to waste money on me – cremate me like a large breed dog and spread my ashes around at the next Rush concert.

  39. yanks61 February 17th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    jmills, you rented that car in the UK, didn’t you? On the continent everyone drives on the same side as the U.S.

    By the way, you may still be able to put your foot to the metal in Germany, but no more in France. Fixed radar is EVERYWHERE and though it’s announced with a sign before you hit the radar, you can easily get caught napping. They are also adding more and more unmarked cars with radar. Unless you’re doing some ungodly speed, they don’t stop you. They just take a picture of your license plate. A few days later you het a nice fine the mail.

  40. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Yanks61, yes, I got the rental in Glassgow and proceeded to waste my time driving to Inverness which I knew never had a monster despite what Leonard Nimoy said. I got totally screwed up in Amsterdam at midnight as well, only thing is I didn’t have any reservations and kept driving around that ring. When I finally got off I knew right away that I was in the bad heroin district. I found a holiday inn. It was rather different there. I remember looking at a young lady through the glass while I stood on the street. I felt like paying to take her out for a walk and a coffee. I should have.

  41. yanks61 February 17th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Chopin is buried at Père Lachaise as well. A monumental place, as you say, and it draws a huge number of tourists.

    On the other hand, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir are interred at the Cimetiere du Montparnasse – next to one another of course.

  42. yanks61 February 17th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Ha, ha, Amsterdam is a very neat city. I visited often for business. It’s pain to drive in though because of the cyclists. They ALWAYS have the right of way. Nothing against cyclists, I was big time cyclist myself. But it’s nerve racking when they are everywhere and even if they do something wrong, you’re in the wrong, if you know what I mean. I just took the TGV from Paris (city center to city center) and grabbed taxis for my appointments.

    Driving on the left is fine in the UK. I got used to it real quickly. Everyone else is on the same side of the road as you. But I wouldn’t want to do it on the continent!

  43. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    61, I have nothing against cyclists, but the stupid arrogant ones who take it as their right to observe no rules or direction. Rode a red Italian Miele bike in the eighties, so I can comment on the topic.

  44. tomingeorgia February 17th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I was in a diner in rural Quebec back in the day, said “Je suis Americain, non parle francais”. No one helped, until a Provincial trooper came in and gave me the translation for “scrambled eggs”, which, by the way, is “les oefs brouilles”, which I will never forget!

  45. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I didn’t find it a problem switching right to left on the continent. I was hard pressed though to make it back onto the hovercraft for England, and was the last car to get on ( thank god for no speed traps as I lost a hubcap on one of those turnarounds ). The damn tunnel was just too expensive. People were puking on that hovercraft.

  46. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Tom, I’m sorry my people were not the best for you. Tell me their names, I’ll ream them out.

  47. yanks61 February 17th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Tom, I was last in Québec back in the 70′s, so I can’t speak for them, but no one in France expects a visitor to speak French anymore (but are delighted when you do.)

    Y’s Guy is quite correct and his advise applies equally to France and the French. If you simply ask nicely if someone would help you in English, most people are happy to try out their English, however limited their English may be. Times have truly changed.

    We have lots of family and friends visit us here and I never had any worries about turning them loose and letting them go anywhere on their own.

  48. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    61, When I come to visit you and Juliette Binoche, I’ll be on my best gilles villeneuve francais behaviour. I bet a lot of souls think Jacques Derrida is french – Algerian.

  49. yanks61 February 17th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    jmills, just in passing, I noticed that you brought up the subject of Pierre Eliot Trudeau the other day. I was one of his biggest fans. When he was in office I would lament the fact that your country had such a sophisticated intellectual, as well as an effective leader, as PM, while most our politicians at the time looked liked veritable hucksters by comparison. Just thought you’d like to know :)

  50. tomingeorgia February 17th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I think I was in Quebec in the ’70s, too, and where I was was truly rural. The are towns in Georgia where you can barely understand their English!

  51. yanks61 February 17th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I bet a lot of souls think Jacques Derrida is french – Algerian.


    As, of course, was Albert Camus, who by my way of thinking was one of the great men of the 20th century. (of course both Derrida – who I’m NOT a fan of – and Camus were Pieds Noirs.

    Incidentally, while I love Juliette Binoche, I adore Sophie Marceau! You can come and visit me anytime if you’ll bring her along with you!

  52. yanks61 February 17th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Nice talking to you, jmills, but the dinner bells rings.

    A tout a l’heure – maybe!

  53. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    61,thanks; having Trudeau meant that we were safe,… all respects.

  54. jmills February 17th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Good day to you as well, tom. You’re a wonderful presence. I have to do a whole lot of nthing with the plants.

  55. tomingeorgia February 17th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve got a houseful of patio and veranda plants stowed inside all over the place. I’m luckier than you because I can get them all out of here by the middle of March. Extra benefit: the hibiscus is blooming! Apparently it likes where it is.

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