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“All I care about is we’re hot right now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As the Yankees head into Tampa Bay for a big weekend series against the Rays, it’s clear that the rest of baseball has taken notice of how well the Yankees are playing. David Ortiz made that much clear with his comment to USA Today about Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez with a fastball on Sunday night.

“That pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees’ team at that moment,” Ortiz said. “You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up.”

Alex RodriguezIs there anything to that? Did that moment wake up this team?

Joe Girardi: “I don’t know. We had played pretty well before that, but I thought that was a big win for us, gave us some momentum coming home knowing that we need to win series and slip-ups can be very costly for us. Maybe it did.”

Brett Gardner: “I don’t know, man. I think we were motivated before that. We went in there knowing what we had to do. Yeah, we’re playing good baseball, but we were playing good baseball before that, too. Won a couple of games against Detroit, and you never know, but maybe it added a little bit of motivation. I don’t know.”

Chris Stewart: “I don’t know if that awakened us, or if we were just hot at the time and continued to stay hot. It doesn’t matter either way. All I care about is we’re hot right now, we’re playing well, and hopefully we can keep it up.”

Curtis Granderson: “We were playing well before that. We had played well against Detroit and Anaheim, and we were in a situation where we had an opportunity to win that series against Boston, but the main thing is we’re still in the situation where we have to go in and win series. That was another one that could have went one way or the other, and from that point, Alex was able to rebound back and get a home run after that. In terms of that, possibly, but it’s only one game, one moment, and once everything is over have to reset and get ready for the next one.”

Andy Pettitte: “I know everybody was fired up, and as a club we felt like we were going to win that game no matter what. I know that this whole deal, I feel like Alex has handled well from the standpoint of just focusing on baseball as far as when we’re here and in the clubhouse. You hope Al continues to play well.”

Alex Rodriguez: “I don’t know about that. I just know that we feel pretty good, but we’ve got to keep getting better. I mean, we’ve got a lot of work to do and every game is precious. We just want to keep taking small bites.”

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