Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton believes he is prepared for the challenge of the New York City market when he heads north with the team at the end of spring training.
"It's fine," Stanton said to the New York Post. "I'm OK with it as long as it's structured. As long as I can come by my locker and if I forget something, that doesn't mean the moment someone sees me here, I get attacked. As long as it's, 'Set aside this amount of time, this guy needs you, that guy needs you,' then fine. That's how I like it."
Former Yankee Don Mattingly, who served as Stanton's manager in Miami, noted that there is a striking difference for ballplayers between the two cities.
"When you play in the past environment, here, it has not been a culture of winning. It has not been stacked stadiums. A four-game losing streak here is a lot different than it is in New York. That's probably his biggest adjustment."
The 28-year-old Stanton said he is planning to pay close attention to veteran players to help him navigate his new surroundings.
"[My] best learner is my eyes right now," Stanton said. "See how [veteran teammates] approach it. See things that are normal to them that aren't normal to me. That's the quickest way to make it normal for me."
Among those veterans include CC Sabathia, who came to the Yankees in 2009 after stints with the Indians and Brewers.
"I think everybody just gets scared on the outside looking in," Sabathia said. "It's intimidating. But once you get here and see that there's young guys doing it, old guys doing it, it's still baseball. It's the same thing. I think he'll be fine."
Stanton is coming off a breakout season last year during which he hit 59 home runs and 132 RBIs while playing in a career-high 159 games. He hit .268 in eight seasons with the Marlins dating back to 2010.