Based on the group gathered around Gate C27, roughly half of the 8:15 flight to Tampa is going to be filled with Yankees beat writers. Not among us is Mark Feinsand, who last night wore a Redskins jersey into a Dallas restaurant for the Skins-Cowboys game. I was there to witness it. He made it out alive.
After an ugly series here in Texas, the Yankees are heading for a showdown against the Rays, with first-place up for grabs. One week ago, the Yankees seemed to be playing their best baseball. This week, they seem to be stumbling.
No better place to find their stride than in Tampa.
We’re about to board, but here are some of the comments from last night about what’s ahead in the next three days.
Joe Girardi: “I feel good about this team. This team has worked hard to get to this point, where we are in the season. We still have some baseball left. I still believe that we are going to play extremely well down the stretch.”
Derek Jeter: “I don’t know how those half (game) things work. We’re basically tied, and that’s the team we’re tied with. You don’t have to worry about what another team is doing. You don’t have to look at a scoreboard. We control what happens. This is the situation you want to be in.”
Jorge Posada: “It happens in baseball. It’s just part of the game. Sometimes you have it all figured out and sometimes you can’t figure it out… It’s not going to get any easier tomorrow. We just have to go and forget about this series and look forward to tomorrow.”
CC Sabathia: “You get a chance to settle it on the field. You don’t have to depend on anybody else, no help from anybody else. I think to win the division you’ve got to beat the teams in your division. This is the team that’s trailing us, so it’s in our hands.”