Derek Jeter is the king of talking to the media and not really saying much.
But when asked whether the Yankees had problems that go beyond A-Rod and Jorge Posada being out, he relied:
“It doesnâ€™t matter if people are out. You can bring back Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio, other guys have to step up. Every team deals with injuries over the course of the year.”
Then this from Joe Girardi:
â€œIâ€™m the leader. Iâ€™ve got to find something. It all comes back to the leader. The leader has to take charge. We have to find a way to win games.â€
Now 20-24, the last-place Yankees are six games out and have lost eight of their last 11.
They are 1-3 and have been outscored 24-10 since Girardi held his team meeting in Tampa on Wednesday.
There are 118 games left and only a fool would not realize that they were in far deeper trouble last season. But the Yankees had to go 72-39 after June 1 to make the playoffs last season.
The division is tougher this season and you can’t count on career seasons from Rodriguez and Posada or for Robinson Cano to have a monster second half. The Yankees also have a different manager.
Here’s Girardi’s postgame press conference. Pretty strong (and good, I thought) words from the manager:
But the Yankees need wins at this point, not words.