Lance Berkman was booed off the field twice on Saturday. Once when he bounced out to strand runners at the corners, and again when he grounded out to begin the eighth inning.
“As long as it’s not my wife or kids, I’m fine with it,” he said. “This is a big boy’s game and place to play, and if you can’t handle that, go home.”
Berkman has not hit in his eight days with the Yankees. It’s a remarkably small sample size — just 22 at-bats — but in that stretch, Berkman has just two hits. He’s also drawn two walks and struck out four times.
“Trust me, I’m booing myself,” he said. “I have no credibility here… I didn’t come up here to catch a break. I came up here to play well and win.”
His laid back, Texas demeanor could be taken as soft, but the guy’s been in the big leagues since 1999. Like he said, this is surely not his first 2-for-22 stretch, and he’s not surprised or upset that the fans are a little down on him.
“He’s an experienced player that’s had a lot of success that’s probably been in a slump before in his career,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s pretty even keeled.”
Mostly because I didn’t use it last night, here’s the Girardi postgame audio that goes into Berkman, CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez.
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