By Joe Stiglich
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 9:18 am in Spring Training.
The A’s just hit the field for their first full squad workout, which came right after manager Bob Geren assembled everybody for an introductory team meeting. It covered a wide range of topics, Geren said, but had one major theme: The A’s are better than last season’s 75-86 squad, and the bar is set higher for ’09. Asked if the idea of contending for the AL West title was addressed, Geren answered in the affirmative.
“I said expectations are up with what we’ve done and that’s a good thing,” said Geren, referring to the acquisition of players such as Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi. “I don’t imagine anybody has picked us to finish first (in the AL West), but we’re definitely an improved team.”
This will be the first day Giambi takes the field with his teammates, many of whom showed up early for informal workouts. He looked upbeat as he settled in front of his locker this morning, located just two spots away from Holliday. He’s scheduled for his first media chat after practice, so check back here a bit later …