TAMPA — Entering his third season as Yankees manager, Aaron Boone didn’t shy away from what was at stake as his team worked out for the first time this spring on Thursday.
“It’s an exciting day,’’ Boone said. “We have, obviously, big expectations and we embrace those expectations. We look forward to the long process now of trying to chase a championship. Those foundational pieces really start to get laid in earnest today.”
Position players don’t report until next week, but pitchers and catchers started their work Thursday.
“It was good to see guys as a group, as a team on the back field, working on their defensive things, on the pitchers’ fielding practice,’’ Boone said. “To see a number of guys throwing their first pens.’’
And Boone also gave his first message to the team.
“Aaron, this morning, talked about bringing energy and bringing a positive vibe and focus into the clubhouse,’’ new arrival Gerrit Cole said. “So, essentially, I think he’s really calling on all of us to be leaders in that sense.’’