The crowd was pretty thin last night, but in many ways, those rain-soaked fans at Yankee Stadium made more noise than the Yankees lineup. With every missed opportunity, boos and groans filled the air.
“It’s part of the game,” Joe Girardi said. “You’re going to hear it on the road, you’re going to hear it at home when you don’t play well, and it’s because our fans have passion and they want to win, and I understand that. So do the guys in that room. If they’re unhappy with us, believe me, we’re probably unhappier.”
I think it was during my chat last week that someone asked whether the slumping pieces of the Yankees lineup — Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira — were starting to feel the heat from the home crowd. There’s no doubt, the Yankees are well aware of the fans’ frustration.
“Without a question,” Rodriguez said. “These are the greatest fans in the world. They’re passionate. We all have the same frustration, we’re all working hard, but the one thing — we’re a confident bunch. We’re working hard, and we will turn this around. No doubt about it.”