Wednesday, February 14, 2018
TAMPA — “World Series title or bust” isn’t a new Yankees mantra. Yet for the first time in several years, it has a louder heartbeat.
Having deleted 14 pounds off a 6-foot-8 frame, Dellin Betances placed some heavy weight on the Yankees’ head Tuesday morning. Less than two hours later, Aaron Boone did the same.
“If we don’t win [the World Series], it’s not a good year for us,’’ Betances said in the home clubhouse of GMS Field on the day Yankees pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.
Sitting at a table a day before the Yankees’ first workout, Boone didn’t shy away from Betances’ expectations.
“He is right about the World Series, it would be a great year,’’ Boone, a first-year manager, said. “We understand the expectations, and one of the things that is exciting for me is to hear some of those comments, to be around these guys. Last year was great, and a lot of these guys came of age and viewed it as a very successful season, but what stands out right now is that each guy I have spoken to, the hunger is there and there is no satisfaction.”
And with this, spring training begins.
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