When he wasn’t telling everyone that he had no concrete information on Derek Jeter’s potential return to the lineup, this is what Brian Cashman said before last night’s game.
“Well, I certainly don’t like where we’re sitting because you want to be in the driver’s seat and we’re not in the driver’s seat. But I know one thing: We’re going to fight and give it everything we’ve got, as simple as that. Our guys have been fighting for this thing all year long, and they’ve put themselves in a position to kind of see a line that’s cross-able, but we’re all bunched together here, so this is a big series. Every game is important. It’s the obvious thing to say, but it’s true.”
When he wasn’t telling everyone that he had no idea what last night’s managers’ fight was about — while also going into detail about hiding signals and stealing signs — this is what Austin Romine said after last night’s game.
“We’re still in it. It’s baseball. Anything can happen. We’re coming out here to win every game, and you can’t count us out. We keep battling and battling and battling. We tried not to go quietly there too (last night), and you can’t count this team out. We’ve got a lot of good hitters in this lineup, and we’ve got some veterans on this team, and you can’t count us out.”
The reality hasn’t changed that much. The Yankees are still a long way from the driver’s seat, but they’re technically not out of it either.
I guess the question is this: What’s your level of confidence right now? The Yankees are three games out of the second wild card, there are three teams ahead of them, one team a game behind them, and there are only 18 games left on the schedule. The opportunity still exists, but is there still any confidence that the Yankees can take advantage of it?
It’s going to take something significant one way or the other. Either the Yankees make a huge run, or every other wild card contender suffers a massive fall. It’s been a weird year. And at this point, the weirdest thing of all might be the Yankees playing into October.
“A lot of the teams are bunched together for a reason,” Cashman said. “Everybody’s got their issues, everybody’s had their hot streaks and their stumbles. The whole group’s coming into the home stretch bunched together. It’ll be a great race to call. Hopefully we’ll find a way to get our nose out there, you know?”
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