Mike Francesa At Yankees Camp: Day 1 — Cano, Girardi, Youkilis And More
NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s that time again — Mike Francesa live from Yankees camp in Tampa!
Reliever David Robertson kicked off the show Wednesday, with third baseman Kevin Youkilis hot on his heels.
Second baseman Robinson Cano talked about his contract situation, while manager Joe Girardi discussed, well, pretty much everything.
Check out all the audio below.
Shortstop Derek Jeter will be among the Yankees to chat on Day 2 Thursday. Francesa will then make the trip to Port St. Lucie for Friday’s show from Mets camp.
On upcoming free agency and possible extension: “I already talked about the contract. But, you know, my focus right now is all about the 2013 season. … You know what? I just let my agent handle that, because myself, I don’t want to keep talking about the same thing. I just want to keep my mind in the game.”
When told fans are worried about losing him: “Well, I mean — still have one more year left, so you gotta produce and win another title.”
On his squad: “I’ve got a good feeling about this team, I really do. I like what we’ve assembled. I think this team is built a little bit more on pitching and defense, which I like, and I think it’s a very deep bullpen, a strong bullpen. I think we can shorten games.
“So, I like what we have. But in saying that, you’ve gotta keep guys healthy — and we’re not off to a great start.”
On the Yankees’ mindset heading into 2013: “We’re going to be a really strong competitor in the AL East. You can’t count us out. We’re the New York Yankees, and we’re always going to fight hard to be in that position at the end of the season. You know, some other teams have made some acquisitions and gotten some players, but we’re there. We’re going to be playing hard, and we’re going to try to take home that AL East title again.”
On his “I’ll always be a Red Sock” comment: “Ah yeah, I made the front page two days in a row. My honesty can be a negative I guess in some ways. … Like I said, it wasn’t supposed to be taken into context. And I said, even single-handedly, that headline and that sentence alone does not look good to Yankees fans. It was no disrespect, I was just trying to say it because I know there was a lot of talk about me being a Red Sock.
“You know, you can’t change your past. You’ve gotta move on, and that’s what I’m here to do — I’ve moved on. I had great years and great experiences there, but those experiences too will help me be good for the New York Yankees, and hopefully play in the postseason again — which I haven’t played in a few years. I’m excited to have a good year and get to the postseason.”
On playing in the Bronx pressure cooker: “I don’t worry about it. I think it’s just a part of the whole New York experience. I’m really excited about everything, it’s going to be definitely a change of pace for me, but I’m very excited about it.”
On playing center field: “You know, we’ll see. I think that if I had to guess, I’ll start out there when the season starts. I think it just depends on how long Grandy’s out and what he’s able to do in his rehab. When they bring him back, they might bring him back in center and slot me back over to left.
“It doesn’t make any difference to me. I’ll be more than comfortable going over to center and if they want to slot me back over, I’ll be comfortable (in left field). … I prefer center. … If they decide to move him back over, that’ll be fine.”
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