Much will be made about Hank Steinbrenner calling the Yankees out then Joe Girardi having a team meeting.
It all sounds nice. But it’s a lot of eye wash, as the players call it. You can’t pitch, hit, catch or throw very well if you’re thinking about what the owner or the manager said. A random poll of seven players at 10 p.m. revealed that only one had any idea of what Steinbrenner said.
â€œThe season is so long,â€ Mike Mussina said. â€œThere are so many things that happen. There are ups and downs. Youâ€™re certainly not going to go a whole year playing for the Yankees without somebody up top talking about you because that happens all the time.
“Youâ€™re certainly not going to go without having meetings. Youâ€™ve got to have meetings just to have meetings sometimes. It looked good today because we played well with stuff being said about us and having a meeting. We didnâ€™t pound out 10 runs, but we played a clean, good ballgame.â€
Said Derek Jeter: “We won, so it looked like we had a lot of energy. What if they scored a few runs in that (seventh inning), would that mean we didn’t?”