With Spring Training about to get underway, the Yankees’ annual Captain’s Camp is coming to a close. The four week camp is essentially designed to teach young prospects what it means to be a Yankee and how to succeed both as a person and as a player. The organization brought in some guys who know a thing or two about that.
CC Sabathia, Jorge Posada, Alfonso Soriano and Darryl Strawberry have been some of the more recognizable names who have offered advice to the Baby Bombers over the course of camp. The most recent speakers included Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter.
Pettitte stopped by the Tampa complex yesterday, and spoke with guys such as Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo, Rob Refsnyder and James Kaprielian. “I hope it was helpful. I hope it helps somebody,” Pettitte told Bryan Hoch of yankees.com.
Pettitte said he emphasized the importance of being a good teammate, and hoped that message would stick. He noted that playing the game and succeeding is one thing, but being a good teammate and caring for each other is just as important. Judge sent a message of his own to Andy by blasting two homers off him in BP. Pettitte blamed the wind.
As for Jeter’s involvement, well, how does dinner with the Captain sound?
Derek Jeter took the Yankees Captains Camp invitees out to dinner last night. Told them about how he once called home crying, ready to quit.
How cool is that? Jeter’s story no doubt will hit home with some of the prospects, who likely have experienced a similar situation.
The Captain’s Camp is a pretty good idea. I think it will greatly impact the top prospects, and hopefully their characters and work ethics will be molded after guys like Jeter, Pettitte, Posada and Rivera.
Let’s hope they perform on the field like those guys did as well.