“If there’s one guy that the baseball game is gonna miss once he’s retired, it’s Derek," Ortiz told Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin on Sirius-XM's MLB Network Tuesday. "Derek is very professional, that’s a guy that is all about the game, all about the business.
"He is one of the baseball players that I can tell you that pretty much his whole career has done everything perfectly right. And when I watch him play I get goosebumps. You know what I’m saying? That’s one of the players that everybody wants to come and see. ... That’s a player that definitely we’re all gonna miss after he’s done with baseball.”
SORIANO IN THE OF: The Yankees have two Gold Glove outfielders and a third, who might be better than both. Even with Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and the gold-glove-less Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano will still see some time in the outfield.
Why? Well, mostly to keep Soriano happy.
"I like him in the mix because I know it is important to him to be in the outfield," Joe Girardi said.
Soriano, who has been sick, is supposed to play in his first exhibition game on Thursday.
As for Ichiro Suzuki, Girardi says nice things about him all the time, but there doesn't seem to be any room for him unless there is an injury or two.
AGITATED JOE: Mark Teixeira was supposed to take BP against live pitching on Tuesday in preparation for his spring debut on Thursday. There was one problem -- the Yankees had no one to throw it.
"Believe it or not, we don't have someone," Girardi said. "I'm extremely disappointed because we didn't have one. I told Larry, 'I didn't know if I could go on with my day.' Confused."
Girardi said Teixeira will take BP on Thursday.
MOMENT OF SILENCE: Before Tuesday night's game, the Yankees will have a moment of silence for Monica Barlow. Barlow, who was an Orioles public relations director, passed away at 36. Brittany Ghiroli from MLB.com wrote a nice tribute to Barlow.