“Nothing against our environment here (at Yankee Stadium),” Alex Rodriguez said. “But a change of scenery sometimes helps a little bit. Maybe some of our guys will relax a little bit and go out and have some fun.”
Beyond the environment, the park itself might make a difference. Comerica Park is huge, and the temptation to aim for the seats shouldn’t be as great.
“It could be (a good thing),” Mark Teixeira said. “There’s no surprise that you know right field is shorter (at Yankee Stadium) and left-handed hitters tend to pull more here. That’s just the way it is. When it’s going well, it works for you and you could score a lot of runs. Sometimes you pull off the ball, so maybe the bigger field will help us stay in the middle of the field a little bit.”
Whatever it takes — a bigger field, a smaller field, a corn field, whatever it is — the Yankees need something to wake these bats up.
“There’s a lot of guys getting booed (at home), and certainly that’s not a fun feeling,” hitting coach Kevin Long said. “So maybe getting on the road will help us out. I’m not going to use that as the answer, but who knows? … We’ve hit on the road, We know what that park is, and we know that it’s a bigger park. But we are who we are. Hopefully we get this thing on track, catch a couple of breaks here and there. And it’s not going to be easy, but we’ll stay at it.”
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