Former Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons (left) seemed happy to see all the members of the Baltimore media that tracked him down in the Marlins clubhouse today. He was mildly disappointed, however, that he is not in the lineup for today's game against his old teammates.
"I was kind of looking forward to playing against (my) old friends,'' he said.
Gibbons took a circuitous route back to major league training camp. He played for the independent Long Island Ducks and spent time at the Double-A and Triple-A levels with the Milwaukee Brewers last year. Now, he's competing for an outfield role with the Marlins.
"So far, so good,'' he said. "I can't complain. They're treating me great over here."
Jay also has no complaints about how he was treated by the Orioles, who released him last spring.
"I'm disappointed the way it ended,'' he said. "I didn't fulfil the contract the way I wanted to, There is no resentment. They were great to me."
He was asked if he felt like he was made a scapegoat for his involvement in baseball's steroid scandal, but he wouldn't really go there.
"If I hit .300 and they released me, yeah'' he said, "but I'm not a scapegoat because I hit .230."