Lamar, who watches every game from the bleachers, hung on the railing outside the players’ gate last night. The metal barricades are used to contain fans, but they offered something to lean on after a tough loss.
“I’m hangin’ around to support the guys,” Lamar explained. “The Captain was on the railing at the top step of the dugout pulling for his teammates in the ninth inning. He never gives up and I don’t either.”
Lamar slumped heavily on the railing as the players trickled out of Yankee Stadium. He was disappointed by the score, but offered only encouragement to his team.
“Hang in there,” he shouted to Robinson Cano.
“Nice catch,” he shot at Melky Cabrera.
“Big home run,” he yelled to Hideki Matsui. “Keep it up.”
“We’ll get ‘em next time,” he fired at Chien-Ming Wang.
Lamar had only one word for Jeter.
“Tuesday,” he yelled.
Jeter nodded and waved.
Lamar smiled and pushed off the railing.
“That’s all the support I need,” he said. “We’re gonna win on Tuesday.”