That was one of the buzz words Wednesday morning in the clubhouse and during Joe Girardi’s Spring Training kickoff press conference – complacency.
None of the Yankees feel it will be a problem this year as they try to repeat.
“Last year was nice but we gotta do it again this year,” Phil Hughes said. “That’s always the goal and I’m sure that will be stressed. At the end of 2010 nobody’s really going to be talking about who won in ’09. We need to go out there and have another solid year and try to do it again.”
One of the “core four” – the veteran quartet of Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter – that CC Sabathia said wouldn’t allow the team to become too self-satisfied, said staying hungry won’t be a problem.
“We have a very good team,” Posada said. “To repeat you have to have a good team and we have a good team. So it’s all up to us, it really is. It’s all up to us to put it together like we did last year and click at the right time. We clicked at the right time last year.”
Said Girardi: “I don’t really consider it a big issue because I know the people in the room. I think complacency comes down to character and I really like the character of our club. I liked the character of our club last year and what we showed during the course of the season. It’s mostly the same people who have great leadership in that room, so I don’t view it as being a huge problem. In saying that, it’s something that you keep your eye out for, obviously, because you never want to see a club became complacent. But what I’ve seen today, the shape that people come in, players getting here early, I think they’re anxious to get going and to get back to doing what they love.”