Delmon Young was butchering that pop-up in right field at Fenway Park just as we got into Joe Torre’s office after the game tonight.
What struck me is that the Yankees didn’t seem to much care. Not one player mentioned it or bemoaned Tampa Bay giving away another game.
For the last two months or so, the Yankees have stayed focused on the task at hand. Worrying about the Red Sox doesn’t help you beat the Blue Jays or the Royals. Worry about the Red Sox on Friday.
Derek Jeter had no idea what the score was and didn’t seem much interested in knowing.
Why should the Yankees care? They have been the best team in baseball since the beginning of July. They are 40-19 since the break. Whether they enter the playoffs as the wild card or the division champion is fairly insignificant at this point. One victory changes home-field advantage.
Meanwhile, Joba Chamberlain’s scoreless streak ended at 15.1 innings. It was the longest for a Yankee since Slow Joe Doyle started his career with 18 scoreless in 1906. Doyle could not be reached for comment as he died in 1947.