Just one win away now
The Yankees need just nine more innings of winning baseball to secure the 27th championship that Joe Girardi strapped on his back before the 2008 season, offering a daily reminder of the mission that this franchise has been assembled to compile.
And as the sun begins to set over Citizens Bank Park and the tickets for Game 5 of the World Series begin to flow toward the turnstiles, the Yankees’ greatest challenge is to just take this like any other game.
“Our attitude is that the clincher is the same as the first game,” Derek Jeter said. “You’re
just trying to win a game. You can’t worry about what happens in the
aftermath. The bottom line is that we need to come out here and play
He’s right, of course. A.J. Burnett can’t necessarily try any harder just because the champagne has been wheeled somewhere into the basement, and the Yankees still have a heap of work ahead of them with handling Cliff Lee this evening.
“It’s great. I’ve waited a long time for it, and I’m going to take it full stride,” Burnett said. “I’m going to go out there with everything I’ve got, and you take nothing for granted. I’ve seen some crazy things this post season, and I guess that’s why they call it post season baseball, because anything can happen.
“But you’ve got a great lineup over there, and we’re going up against Cliffy. So I’m just going to try to go pitch for pitch against him and keep our squad in it. But I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait.”
There is a vibe in the building that the Yankees could get it done tonight. Even the Philadelphia reporters are pressing Charlie Manuel and Shane Victorino in the interview room as though the World Series is already over.
It isn’t, but the Yankees can get it there.