There were a total of 11 questions asked during Joe Girardi’s postgame press conference on Saturday night. Six of them were some version of a Cliff Lee question, either asking about Lee specifically or working to get information about the Yankees plans should Lee beat them in Game 3.
“The guy that’s getting lost in this is Andy Pettitte,” Girardi said. “And he’s pretty good.
Lee has referred to Pettitte as, “the best postseason pitcher of all time,” and Pettitte looked like it in the division series against the Twins. He wasn’t perfect, but Pettitte has never been about perfection. He’s been about winning, and making the big pitches when he’s needed them.
“Cliff, we’ve seen him before,” Derek Jeter said. “And Andy we have a lot of confidence in.”
Cliff Lee is going to get the bulk of the attention leading into this game. You have to know that going in. I’m sure he’ll be all over the pregame show, and there will be pretty of columns — both in New York and in the national media — written about him.
Who’s written and talked about after the game, is yet to be decided.
“Let’s not forget that we have a pretty good guy on the mound, too,” Girardi said. “(Pettitte) has won a lot of post-season games and has won a lot of clinchers in his career. I can go back to catching him in 1998 when he won the clincher against San Diego. He’s been doing it a long time.”
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