It’s strange to look around the clubhouse and see only three Yankees who have won World Series rings with the team: Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.
Joe Torre is gone to California. Jorge Posada is home. Bernie Williams has disappeared. There aren’t even any comebacks left for Roger Clemens. It’s as though Jeter, Andy and Mo are three veterans telling tales of old battles.
It was kind of fitting that Pettitte and Jeter picked the team up tonight. Pettitte was brilliant for seven innings and Jeter was the Jeter of old, going 3 for 5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored.
They know that most people think the Yankees are finished. But what are they supposed to do, just quit?
â€œItâ€™s our job to go out and try and prove people wrong,â€ Jeter said. â€œPeople are always going to have opinions; you canâ€™t help opinions. But as long as everybody in this clubhouse feels as though we can win, weâ€™ll be fine.â€
A few notes for those of you still awake:
* Jeter has 16 hits in his last 28 at-bats, raising his average to .298. He is two hits shy of becoming the 88th player in baseball history with 2,500 career hits. There are only five active players with more hits: Ken Griffey Jr. (2,655), Omar Vizquel (2,634), Gary Sheffield (2,593), Pudge Rodriguez (2,592) and Luis Gonzalez (2,577).
* Pettitte hadn’t won since July 27 in Boston.
* Giambi started against a lefty for the first time since July 3. “Lo and behold, we scored two runs in the first inning,” Joe Girardi said. Yeah, lo and behold.
* With the Red Sox and Rays losing, the Yanks are 5.5 down in the wild card and 10 down in the division.
Thanks for reading tonight.