Nothing like booking a flight nine hours before it takes off!
It’s time to head back to Texas. The Yankees are already there, and their situation has changed. Two games in a row is significantly less daunting than three in a row, and the Yankees have finally played a good baseball game after three bad ones in a row.
“There was determination that we were going to go out and play our game today,” Joe Girardi said. “I saw it during (batting practice). The mood during BP was very businesslike, and we knew what we had to do. The guys went out and did it.”
What I found funny — and predictable — is that Derek Jeter said he noticed nothing different about batting practice. There’s a lot to be said for veteran players who have been there and done that and aren’t changed by the pressure of a must-win game. The Yankees have a lot of them, and the rest of the team seems to lean on those veterans.
“If we didn’t get the win we’d be packing to go home,” Nick Swisher said. “We knew what we were up against, (and) we know we’ve got a lot work to accomplish. We’re really, really excited for that. In this locker room, we never feel like we’re out of anything, regardless of what we’re up against. I think that’s a true testament to the leaders we have on this team, the way these guys handle themselves in tough situations and good situations. It’s nice to feed off of those guys.”
The Yankees are working out this afternoon in Arlington. Sam and I are flying through the morning, and we’ll have updates when we get to Texas. See you then.
Associated Press photo of Mariano Rivera and Joe Girardi