I’m very proud of my baseball team. Everyone in the Bronx is proud of this team. They have fought the good fight all year and trudged into Tampa a few hours ago to get ready for another brawl.
Nothing has come easy in April. Last night Wil Nieves dislocated his thumb, but had it jammed back into place on the field and stayed in the game. Jorge Posada was still in pain from Friday’s injury, but pinch hit and drew a walk. Josh Phelps ended up behind the plate for the first time in more than five years.
Everyone is taking everything into every game. I’m happy with what they’ve accomplished and very excited about how good they’re going to be once they get back: Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano.
These April battles will make them better. They’re building a fighter’s mentality: Never give up and never back down.
Next round is tonight in Tampa. Ding.