The Yankees remember 2004. They know that no lead (whether it’s 3-1 or 3-0) is safe and so even though they’re only one win from the World Series, there was plenty of “one-day-at-a-time” talk in the clubhouse this morning.
“One game, win one game,” Joe Girardi said. “You don’t look ahead. You look at just trying to win a game Thursday and you go from there.”
Girardi wouldn’t commit to a lineup for Game 5 yet, but it seems likely that Jorge Posada will be on the bench again, with Jose Molina catching and Hideki Matsui at DH. If the Yankees are able to win the series out here, they’ll have nearly a week off before the World Series begins next Wednesday.
Not that they’re thinking about it. Derek Jeter said the Yankees are trying to take the same mental approach with these games that they’ve had all year.
“If you always have that mindset, you never have to change it,” he said.
The Yankees are on the field working out right now. To help you pass the time, here’s a bunch of audio for your listening pleasure.
First, we’ve got Mark Teixeira, who had some interesting insights into the conversations that he and Alex Rodriguez have had about hitting. He also talks about what he expects from his former teammates – particularly John Lackey – tomorrow night.
Then there’s Johnny Damon, who discusses his own hitting as well as what he’s looking for from A.J. Burnett as well as the Yankees’ need not to look too far forward.
Next is Girardi, who touches on all types of topics, including the health of Derek Jeter (he seems to be improving).
And lastly we’ve got A.J. Burnett, who said that games like tomorrow night are essentially the reason why he signed with the Yankees last winter. There’s some good stuff in there from A.J.