Before road games, Joe Girardi often addresses the media from the visiting dugout. There is no press conference room like at Yankee Stadium. Just a bunch of people holding recorders and microphones, perfectly surrounding the Yankees manager.
When Girardi finished speaking on Friday, there was another guy sitting maybe 20 feet away. The group quickly reformed around Brian Cashman, who spoke quite a bit about balancing the value of winning the division against the value of keeping healthy roster into the playoffs.
“Over time you get educated,” Cashman said “You want to all be macho and say, ‘American League East at all cost,’ but hey man, I’ve been part of the Yankees now for a long time. I’ve been beaten by a wild-card Red Sox team in ’04. I’ve been beaten by a wild-card Florida Marlins in the World Series in ’03. I’m not saying give me the wild card. I’m just saying we’ve got to realize perspective. We’re in this to try to win a World Series. If we don’t, people remember that we didn’t more than whatever we did.
“This is about trying to line us up and getting our guys in a position to play at full gear if we can get ourselves to October. We’ve got to get there, but I don’t think the conditions of Swish and Gardner during the Tampa series, I don’t think they would have helped us regardless. But I think we’re in a better position now because we backed off and didn’t try to push them through.”
Here’s Cashman’s audio. He touched on several topics, and toward the end he mentioned that he hadn’t listened to any of the talk about Derek Jeter’s acting job on Wednesday. That’s when radio man Sweeny Murti jumped in with the perfectly timed question: What do you mean you don’t listen? Very funny.
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