PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jayson Nix spent the past two seasons in New York playing for the Yankees. This season, the veteran infielder is with the Rays on a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League camp.
Initially, walking into the Rays' clubhouse struck Nix as funny.
"It's definitely different," said Nix, noting the lack of media in Port Charlotte covering the Rays, as compared to the throng of reporters around the Yankees. "I think it's different [with the Yankees] than anywhere. It's definitely a lot less of a crowd and a lot less tension so far."
Despite the differences between the two clubhouses, Nix said he wasn't distracted when he played for the Yankees.
"I think it's something you're kind of prepared for and you get used to it while you're there," Nix said. "I never really found it that difficult. You get in the clubhouse and you're around the guys and you get kind of lost in what you're doing. Or try to. It might make it a little more difficult at times. For the most part, I didn't find it a problem, though."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less