The interview room was full of Yankees tonight. Here is Joe Girardi:
and Mark Teixeira:
A few notes: The Yankees have won seven straight. That includes winning games started by Mark Buehrle, Roy Halladay, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. … Boston is now tied with Texas in the wild card. Joe Girardi has gone a great job. But Ron Washington should have a statue built in his honor. … Yankee starters had an insane 1.32 ERA in the series. … Boston had scored 14 runs in its last 64 innings.
The four games drew 194,253 to the Stadium and they were loud and involved. Now let’s see if it stays like that, at least reasonably so. Or will we go back to the wine-and-cheese, let’s-visit-the-museum crew? The players noticed the difference as they nearly all commented on it. It shouldn’t take the opponent to make the place loud.
Andy Pettitte since the break: 33.2 innings, 25 hits, 7 earned runs, 9 walks, 33 strikeouts. His emergence has been a tremendous factor and should make you feel a whole lot better about what is to come.
It doesn’t mean a darn thing. But it’s worth noting, regardless. Here is what I can’t forget, however: Tampa Bay has a +81 run differential. I think when it’s all said and done, the Yankees will have to withstand a charge from the Rays, not the Red Sox.
Thanks to everybody for reading these last four days. It was tremendously fun.
Be here tomorrow at 10 a.m for our reader Q&A with Yogi Berra. It came out great.
On Monday at 4 p.m., A.J. Burnett, Ramiro Pena and Nick Swisher will greet fans entering Yankee Stadium through the Great Hall.