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Feb
20
2008

Quotes From Yankees Spring Training

The Bronx Bombers have been in Tampa for less than a week and outside of Andy Pettitte's day with the media, not much has happened in Yankee Land.
But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to talk about.

This is the time of the year where every quote is magnified.  It's just the nature of the season.  And so without further adieu, here are some note-worthy excerpts from a Wednesday in Florida.

Jason Giambi on playing first base this season:

"[Joe Girardi] told me, 'I need you at first base.'  It was nice to hear."

I'm sure Girardi meant he needs Giambi at first if Shelley Duncan, Wilson Betemit, Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada aren't available.

Alex Rodriguez on Andy Pettitte as a man:

"Andy is one of the greatest human beings I've ever met.  I have two daughters -- well, I have one and one on the way. If I had a daughter, I would want 'em to marry Andy Pettitte. The age difference might be a little awkward, but in today's day and age anything is possible."

Even when A-Rod tries to be complementary (and humorous) it sounds inappropriate.

Johnny Damon on possibly hanging it up before this season:

"I was just exhausted .... Burnt out.  [Retirement] definitely crossed my mind.  [But] I knew these guys needed me."

Glad to have you on board, Johnny, but I'm sure the final three years of your $52-million, four-year contract had a little something to do with it.
 
And finally the usually reserved Hank Steinbrenner on first-year manager Joe Girardi:

"Truthfully, I think Girardi is going to end up being one of the greatest managers in the history of the game. That's my gut feeling. He reminds me of Billy Martin - without the baggage."

Way to let Joe ease into the job, Hank.

The new skipper is scheduled to address his new team before Thursday's first full-squad workout.

I'm sure everyone will be all ears.

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