Chone Figgins, Ken Griffey Jr.and coach Lee Tinsley were laughing about how easy people assume it is for big-league players to change positions.
"The first time I went from third base to the outfield in a day game, somebody hit a fly ball into the sun and I just stood there wondering where it was," Figgins said, laughing. "I'd never played a ball in the sun out there.
"I get to the dugout and they get on me and I said, 'I don't know how to make that play!'"
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Junior talked about moving to right field in Cincinnati, and having no idea how to position himself.
"I'd line up right behind the second baseman, and if he moved closer to second base for a double play, I was just moving right behind him," Griffey said. "In center, you're looking right in at the hitter. In right field, the first baseman can get in your way, the second baseman can get in your way. I had to figure out how to find home plate."
Tinsley said center fielders asked to play corner spots always have problems.
"People think it's no adjustment, but the ball hooked or sliced down the line? You've never played that in center," he said.
Griffey was asked about playing left field last season in Seattle - and Mike Sweeney answered for him.
"We were in Colorado, and I drew Junior's area as the left field corner, everything else in the outfield was (Franklin) Gutierrez, everything in short left field was Adrian Beltre's," Sweeney said.
Griffey spun in a tight circle with his arms stretched out.
"That was my area, my circle," he said. "And nobody played his circle b better than me."
Figgins is back at second base today:
- Ichiro, RF
- Figgins, 2B
- Casey Kotchman, 1B
- Griffey Jr., DH
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Eric Byrnes, LF
- Gutierrez, CF
- Adam Moore, C
- Matt Tuiasosopo, SS
- Ryan Rowland-Smith, P