Young won’t be distraction; Mattingly nervous
“You make notes over time. There will be parts of that speech from things I might have heard my second spring training that I ever went to as a player.”
At Tampa, Fla., Jeter is preparing for a season that could put him in a special spot as he is 74 hits from 3,000.
“It’s going to be a party the whole year,” Jeter joked. “I’ve always been one that tries to shy away from anything that’s personal and not talk about it much. Couldn’t wait for it to be over with because I really didn’t like the focus to be on me. Now, I think, it’s going to be more of enjoying every day.”
The 36-year-old Jeter had an off season in 2010, hitting .270, which was well below his career average of .314.
“I’m motivated coming into every season,” Jeter said. “I understand what my job is. My job is to come and play shortstop and try to help this team win. That’s never changed over 15 years, and it’s not going to change now.”
At Goodyear, Ariz., as the Indians held their first full-squad workout of spring training, Sizemore was on his own program with the goal to be ready for opening day. He is recovering from microfracture knee surgery performed last June and knows he needs to be patient.
“It’s hard, but it’s been such a long rehab,” Sizemore said. “I’m not looking to push anything and make it worse. The whole thing from the surgery was it would be a long recovery. I’ve been following that and going step by step.”
Sizemore has been taking batting practice, throwing and jogging. On Sunday he did light sprints and agility drills in which he moved from side to side for the first time. There’s no timetable for when Sizemore will resume full baseball activities.