Sorry for the abrupt ending to the game post but a tight game + tighter deadlines = lots of writing on the fly. We just got back up from the clubhouse, where A.J. Burnett said, “I feel like I let the team down.”
Even with that, the Yankees had a chance to book a spot in the World Series but Phil Hughes couldn’t hold a two-run lead. When Joe Girardi was asked if he was concerned about Hughes, he said, “He’s still making pitches. … He missed his spot (to Guerrero). This is the time of year that everything gets a little bit tougher but we like his stuff and we believe he’ll get it done.”
The Yankees know that comparisons to 2004 will immediately arise, and Johnny Damon – who was on the other side of that collapse as a member of the Red Sox – said, “Anything can happen in baseball. We know that. Nothing is set in stone until that fourth game is won. … What we have to have on our minds is to win one more game.”
More from the clubhouse in a bit.
UPDATE, 12:37 a.m.: Here’s some audio. First, Joe Girardi:
Then Derek Jeter.
And finally Johnny Damon.