Joe Girardi’s team finished with 103 wins, the best record in baseball and a home run and RBI champion. Not to mention that after Game 162, the Yankees still don’t know which AL Central champ they will face when the ALDS opens later this week.
Despite all that, the postgame discussion focused somewhat on Alex Rodriguez. And why not? A-Rod had two home runs and seven RBI during a 10-run sixth inning in the Yanks’ 10-2 win, reaching the 30-HR, 100-RBI club for an MLB-record 13th time. (EDIT 10:55 p.m.) He tied Jimmy Foxx with a record 12th straight 30 and 100 season. Rodriguez also broke the AL record for most RBI in one inning.
Here’s Rodriguez recounting how he joked with Eric Hinske about having one final chance — and how the Rays provided it, walking Mark Teixeira to load the bases and preserve the injured Carlos Pena a share of the AL home run title:
Girardi discussed his thoughts about A-Rod’s record-setting day, meeting with Brian Cashman tomorrow to iron out the roster, seeing George Steinbrenner, evaluating Joba Chamberlain and more.
Here’s a quote from Girardi on Chamberlain’s scoreless inning:
It looked a little different. It did. And starting is different than relieving. One inning is different than asking a guy to go seven or eight. You don’t necessarily need to use all your pitches. You can pitch a little different. He looked good.