Spring Training Notes

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Above, a portrait from the recent Yankees photo day. Below, what he looks like in one of those mandatory new batting helmets

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This article has some good tidbits. Like, after seeing Derek Jeter for the first time following off-season reports of Jeter getting fat, Ichiro joked, “Jeter was not the eater the media portrayed him to be. That was good to see.”

When asked if he thinks he can be as productive in his first full season with New York as he did in 67 games last year with the Yankees (.322/.340/.454 with five homers in 67 games), Ichiro replied, “Of course.”

Check out the buzz cut…

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Wonder if he’ll take in any Bolts games while in Tampa?

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Says here he homered off Hiroki Kuroda in BP. Says here, “I was facing a Japanese pitcher, so I went in relaxed. It’s not like the ball is going to come in here,” pointing at his head. “The guys watching made a big deal about it, so in the end, I guess it was fun.”

What’s that stuff on his shirt?

Tomorrow: First game of Spring Training, an away game versus the Braves at 1:05 p.m.

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