Sometimes, the indoctrination can feel like an initiation. Ask Tino Martinez what it was like to show up in place of Don Mattingly. Ask Jason Giambi what it was like to show up in place of Tino Martinez. Ask Alex Rodriguez what it was like to show up for work on just about any random day before Nov. 4, 2009.
As a kickoff return drill was about to commence, Jabrill Peppers positioned himself with the other Giants return men, a handful of players getting a look during a first-week training camp practice. Peppers watched as a new teammate, John Ross, fielded the first ball, catching it cleanly and then taking off as if he had a jetpack strapped to his back.
As the Jack Eichel Saga descends into scorched earth territory, with the center’s agents releasing a statement calling out the Buffalo organization while general manager Kevyn Adams attempts to pretend leverage is on his side, it occurs that the Sabres could come out of this whole if they are willing to retain 50 percent of the center’s cap hit in a trade.