The Yankees flew out of Tampa last night, finally leaving town after nearly two months of workouts, exhibitions and finally three games that mattered. Those three games, of course, were three straight losses to open the regular season.
After last night’s shutout, there was no real sense of desperation in the clubhouse. The outside world might get worked up about an 0-3 start, but a veteran team like the Yankees seems to keep things in perspective.
Joe Girardi: “I think guys get frustrated when they line out a couple of times. We’ve all been through three-game losing streaks, but because it’s the beginning of the year, it seems to be magnified a bit. But this has a team been a team that over the years has been very resilient and I expect to see that again. We kept telling them, keep swinging the bats, keep swinging the bats. And we did, but it didn’t work out.”
Alex Rodriguez: “You just want to win a game, get this thing to 1-3 and get the train headed in the right direction. The guys are playing hard, they’re having good at-bats and, for the most part, hitting the ball hard. … You definitely have a sense of urgency. Guys are playing hard. It’s not like guys are not hustling. Offensively, we probably hit a dozen balls right on the nose that were caught. We’re hitting them right into the teeth of their secondary over there. Sometimes you’ve got to just tip your cap and move on.”
Mark Teixeira: “We have a lot of professionals in this clubhouse that have been through lots of ups and downs. Probably not going to be our last three-game losing streak of the year. We’re going to learn from it, try to get better. One thing we can’t do is start pressing, start swinging at pitches all over. We’re still drawing our walks, we’re battling out there, we just didn’t get it done.”
Curtis Granderson: “It’s three games. There’s a bunch left, a whole bunch left. This isn’t going to be the only three games that we play bad and not win. It’s not going to be the last time over the course of a season. The great thing about this game, we get a chance to go back out there tomorrow, and we get a chance to redo it all.”
Phil Hughes: “I don’t think anybody in here is going to (overreact). A lot of veteran guys on this team and we’ve been in situations like this before. We have a lot of baseball left to go. We’re disappointed, but at the same time, we’re not going to act like it’s the end of the world here.”
Nick Swisher: “As frustrating as it is, it’s way too early to get frustrated. It’s just kind of one hit there, one hit there, maybe it starts a rally. We’ve got to be pretty excited about the way we have been swinging the bats. I feel like we are swinging the bats well as a group. We just didn’t put any runs on the board today. They put it on us, so we’ll remember that.”
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