Yankees buying into new way of doing things under Girardi
TAMPA, Fla. -- From the day he walked into his new office at Legends Field, Joe Girardi has strived to put his own imprint on the Yankees -- distancing himself from Joe Torre, without diminishing the legacy of the most successful Yankees manager of the past 50 years. Talk about the need for political finesse: Girardi knew the clubhouse was full of Torre loyalists, all the way down to the equipment staff.Yet in the first month of camp, the Bombers are buying what Girardi's been selling, including the blistering conditioning program, the emphasis on fundamentals and increased face time with the players. It's a stark change from the Torre reign, which operated loosely and on the honor system. The old Joe trusted his players; in turn they treated him with reverence. But that doesn't mean the Yankees weren't ready for change, especially in the midst of a seven-year championship drought.
Joe [Girardi] walks in here and he asks for your opinion, he asks how you're feeling, he gives you the feeling that what you think
-- Yankees outfielder