This past week on Twitter (@JonJay), the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder thanked his extended team of friends and trainers who helped him this offseason. Upon arriving Saturday in camp for Spring Training, Jay showed off some of his fancy footwork.
“It’s something that I’ve been doing for a while, just trying ways to get better,” said Jay. “I thought it was something cool to bring out here where the team could use it and we had fun today.”
Though he started all but 15 of the 157 games he played in last year, Jay is in the familiar situation of battling for playing time—this season he will compete with Peter Bourjos as the starter in centerfield.
“Nothing changes for me the way I approach, the way I go about my business, like how I’m going to show up every day,” said Jay, adding he’s looking forward to the competition. “It’s one of those situations where we’re just trying to do whatever it takes to win and that’s something this organization does.”
With Jay and also Daniel Descalso arriving, that leaves Mark Ellis–who is expected to arrive Sunday, as the only position player not yet reporting to camp. Players are required to arrive by Monday, with the first full-team workout on Tuesday.