Joe Torre was pumped up after the game.
“I think we need to be a little more fiery,” he said. “We showed some fight tonight. We need to assert ourselves.”
Torre did some of that himself in the fifth inning when he went toe-to-toe with umpire Jerry Crawford. Then Scott Proctor nearly started a brawl in the ninth.
Proctor and Posada said over and over there was no intention with the pitch. But when five players in a game get hit, it makes you wonder. Proctor was suspended for four games last month and could be looking at a long ban this time.
“Iâ€™ll have a talk with (umpire Brian Oâ€™Nora) and try plead my case when emotions arenâ€™t running high and hopefully I can avoid a suspension,” Proctor said. “If I’m going to do that, I’m going to do it on the first pitch, not a 2-2 count.”
Youkilis refused to discuss the matter. But he was clearly ticked. If 38pitches.com drills somebody in the first inning today, it will be go time. You can bet the umpires will talk to the teams and starters before the game. The last thing MLB wants is a brawl on FOX.
Before the game, Johnny Damon kidded with a few of us that the Yankees needed to have, “a kick-ass June.”
He was smiling afterward.
“You remember what i said before,” he said. “Here we go.”