After wrapping up my postgame interviews today, I hopped on an elevator to go back to the press box and found myself with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Doug Mientkiewicz. They were in a good mood to say the least.
Mientkiewicz was carrying a backpack and Posada reached over and unzipped the back, just to give him a hard time.
“Man, you think you know a person,” Mientkiewicz said.
“Hitting .340 changes you,” Jeter piped up from the corner.
“.336,” Posada said. “Get it right.”
With that, the door opened and off went the Yankees for their day off. They don’t have to be in Toronto until around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. In baseball player terms, a day game on a Sunday followed by a night game on Tuesday is an eternity.
The veteran guys were all headed for home to see their families and/or friends. Only the rookies and a few of the coaches will fly to Toronto tonight.
Now 81-62, the Yankees have won five in a row and are four games up in the wild card with 19 games left to play. At worst, the Yankees are headed for 90+ victories and a postseason berth. It seems hard to believe they were once 21-29.