The Yankees clubhouse was fairly subdued for a while. Then the disco music started playing from an iPod speaker in the corner of the room.
Kevin Russo was wearing a massive wig and fake gold chain. Colin Curtis had on white pants so tight they had to be fastened with safety pins. Ivan Nova’s bellbottoms were bright yellow, Greg Golson’s sunglasses were perfect circles and Eduardo Nunez wore a wig of long dark hair that hung in front of his eyes.
The five rookies were forced to dressed up on the final day of the regular season, and as they paraded through the clubhouse, the mood seemed the lighten.
“Of course you’re disappointed,” Derek Jeter said. “You want to win, but that’s over with now. No use being disappointed at this point. It didn’t happen, but if you’re going to win, you’re going to have to be able to play well on the road, so the disappointment shouldn’t last long.”
That seemed to be the theme through the Yankees locker room. Obviously the Yankees didn’t do something they wanted to do, and obviously they’ve played poorly down the stretch, but this is a team of veterans that seems to completely buy into the idea of a blank slate on Wednesday.
“I think there will be no carry-over,” Alex Rodriguez said. “If we were 10-0 (down the stretch), it’s not like Wednesday at 7 o’clock we’re going to start with a 3-0 lead. We feel good about our starting pitching. We feel good about our lineup. I think we’re healthy for the most part, and we’ll take our chances.”
Associated Press photo of Girardi