Baseball players are conditioned to have short memories. When there are 162 games to play, you can’t get too carried away over one loss.
But once September rolls around, every loss becomes magnified. The Yankees fell only a half-game further behind tonight but it felt like more.
â€œHow many games do we have left?â€ Alex Rodriguez asked reporters near the end of his interview.
Told there were 22, Rodriguezâ€™s eyes grew wide and he muttered an expletive.
â€œYou have to do what you can do,â€ he said. “We have to take it one game at a time and look up after 15 games and see where we stand. Crazier things have happened.”
Meanwhile, the home run he hit tonight might have dented the catwalk. That’s 550 in his career and three in the last four games. Alex is 9 of 16 with 10 RBI on the road trip.
Joe Girardi cut off a question about whether Darrell Rasner would stay in the rotation. “We’ll get to that,” he said.
Presumably that means Rasner will be replaced. It certainly seemed that way.
“I’m ashamed of what I did tonight,” Rasner said. “It’s embarrassing.”