Spring training is underway, and the Yankees are getting revved up for the 2011 season, despite not knowing yet exactly who will be in the final two spots of their pitching staff. Derek Jeter gave his "State of the Captain" interview to reporters yesterday, and first baseman Mark Teixeira added that the team is extra motivated by all the naysayers: "I think we relish the underdog role."
He told the WSJ: "I love it. I love the fact that people say Boston’s the best team in the league right now. They had a great offseason, they have a great team. If someone picks us second or third in the division, I think we’re going to relish that role. No one’s going to feel sorry for the Yankees." As far as we remember, the last time anyone remotely considered the Yankees underdogs was in 1995, the last year of the Buck Showalter era. Maybe we just don't watch enough baseball, but the Yankees hardly seem like an underdog just yet.