Jones-ing to play

Jones-ing to play

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 02/20/2010 - 15:11
GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Pretty quiet at the White Sox' training camp today. Pitchers and catchers officially report for work on Sunday, but most of them are here already. And so are three position players, who aren't due in until Friday. Andruw Jones is in camp and he's ready to prove he can still play after three straight subpar seasons. Looking fit and focused (don't most MLB players in February?), Jones is almost 33 and realizes he's no longer a perennial all-star. “I was lucky enough to get to the major leagues so early,” Jones said. “When you go to different stages of life and the game, you just carried away a little bit. I think I just got carried away a little bit because I was so comfortable in Atlanta for so many years, doing the same thing, knowing what to do. “When I got to different teams, everything kind of changed. It's just one of those things. You learn from it and I learned a lot. That's why I worked hard and I think it's not for showing people I still can play, it's just for myself to go out there and continue to play this game I love.” Outfielder Juan Pierre reported early, as did second baseman Gordon Beckham. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski also checked in, and he didn't even wait to be asked about Johnny Damon. “No, I haven't talked to him,” A.J. said. “No, I'm not playing golf with him.” “No, I don't know where he's signing, but it's not going to be here.”
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