Before last night’s game, there was a lot of talk among fans and writers about it being a “trap game” for the Yankees. The Mariners losing streak is going to end eventually, and some team is going to look bad when it happens.
“I didn’t hear anyone say a word about it from our club,” Joe Girardi said. “We were inside a long time today, and I didn’t hear anyone talk about it.”
Freddy Garcia admitted that he knew the Mariners had lost 15 in a row, and he certainly didn’t want to be the guy who finally let them win a game.
“I wasn’t thinking about it, but when that happens, you don’t want to be that guy,” Garcia said. “Go out there and do your job and do the best that you can do.”
So the Mariners have now lost 16 in a row. Do the Yankees feel sorry for them?
Joe Girardi: “That’s a tough situation that they’re in. I know (manager Eric Wedge). Eric and I were both in the expansion draft a long time ago in Colorado. It’s just a tough situation that they’re going through. The bottom line is that we’re trying to win games.”
Freddy Garcia: “I always talk to Felix (Hernandez). They lost 16 straight. You play baseball and it’s no fun to go to the ball park and lose every game. It gets in your head. Hopefully they’re playing better after they leave here.”
Derek Jeter: “Not when you’re playing them. When we’re playing them we’re trying to beat them, but you have sympathy for individuals when they struggle, teams when they struggle, because everyone’s gone through it. It’s not easy to play this game, and they have a good team. They have some pitchers over there that people aren’t too happy to face. I think it’s just a coincidence right now. I’m sure they’ll turn things around. I just hope they don’t do it these next couple of days.”
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