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David Ortiz holds court

Ortiz on what seems to be a curiosity for what it must be like playing for the Yankees, because everyone seems to say great things:

“Their players always pass that around, that the Yankees are the best team to play for, this and that and blah, blah, blah,” Ortiz said. “That’s why there are a lot of players who want to go there and see what’s up, and then they come out with the same communication. Why? I don’t know.” […]

“Actually, I never get to talk to anyone about playing here,” he said. “I never get asked by players: ‘What’s it like to play for the Red Sox?’ That’s interesting. I never get: ‘How is it over there?’ You’ve got more fans asking you that than players. That’s funny how it sounds, but that’s how it is.”

Even Ortiz has inquired about what it’s like to play for the Yankees.

“I asked Alex and Johnny, ‘Hey, how do you like it over there?’ They say, ‘Oh, man, it’s awesome.

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The Jesus Montero chatter gains volume

This is a day or two old, but keeping with the theme:

For a guy who has his type of bat, I have a lot of respect for how hard he has worked to improve [defensively] from last year,” [Phil]  Hughes said after a 2-0 loss to the Pirates at McKechnie Field. […]

[David]  Robertson’s eyes widened when asked about Montero, who went 0-for-3 and is 1-for-6 in two games.

I first saw him when I signed here and it’s amazing how much better he has gotten,” Robertson said. “He sets up good, blocks balls in the dirt and stays down. He looks good.”

Arm strength has never been a negative with the 21-year-old Montero. Footwork, balance, weight shift and release have required work.

And there’s more, from Marc Carig:

A lot better,” [Ivan]  Nova said. “I see him more down (near) the plate, not too tall, staying low with the pitches, and calling a really good game.…

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