Can you tell I’ve been going back through the Brian Cashman post-elimination interview today?
The Yankees will do an official end-of-the-season press conference at some point next week, but for now, what we have are snippets from the GM, the manager and a handful of players, all from immediately after the game, without time to digest what just happened. It some ways, that makes the comments more interesting.
Did the Yankees underachieve in the division series?
“I couldn’t say that,” Cashman said. “I think they did everything they could possibly try to do to win a series, but unfortunately you have to go up against a team that was extremely strong and well prepared as well. And talented. And this, going in, wasn’t going to be an easy series. Unfortunately they were better than us. It’s as simple as that. They didn’t want it any more than we did, but they found a way to get three wins to our two. And that’s it. There’s nothing more I can about it. Now is our time to look at 2012.”
Did the team overachieve in the regular season?
“No, I think we grew,” Cashman said. “I think there were question marks on people’s capabilities. Were they capable of doing it here? Some had a history of success elsewhere, some had a history of injuries in the most recent seasons, so I think there were a lot of questions as we exited spring training. And I think over time those questions got answered with real legitimate contributors. This team got stronger and mentally tougher along the way and showed themselves as a formidable opponent for a world championship. So I think Joe did a good job of bringing everybody together. So do I think it overachieved? I wouldn’t say overachieved. I would say there were certain areas that surprised us, and obviously we embraced those surprises very well.”
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