Yankees wrap up All-Star Game, prepare for second half
With the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League in the books, the four Yankees who participated in this year’s All-Star Game festivities here in Phoenix will get set to fly on to Toronto, where the Bombers open the second half on Thursday against the Blue Jays.
No one was more jazzed from the Yankees than David Robertson, who fired a scoreless second inning as an emergency fill-in for Josh Beckett, pitching around a Lance Berkman single and striking out Matt Holliday looking on a strike-out, throw-out double play.
“It seems like everything has been really quick, really fast,” Robertson said. “I’m glad I got to pitch in an All-Star Game. It’s something that if it never happens again, I still got to throw in an All-Star Game.”
Here’s some other Yankees reaction from the All-Star festivities as we depart the desert and head back to the regular business:
Dave Robertson, on his initial impressions of the All-Star experience
“Everything’s been great. It’s nice just to talk to thee guys, meeting new people. Even seeing your arch-enemies from the Red Sox and talking to them; they’re all friendly. At least, now we are. Things can change.
“The whole All-Star experience – everything we do, everyone’s in a good mood and laid back. It’s fun.”
Robinson Cano, on his Home Run Derby showing and the immediate reaction
“These guys are saying to me, ‘Wow, you’ve got power – I didn’t know you’ve got that kind of power.’ In this field the ball flies. You have to hit it but it helps you a lot.
“It was more than what I expected. To see my dad pitching, I felt like I was in my own backyard.”
Curtis Granderson, on Cano’s Home Run Derby shot that pelted a Miller Lite sign in right field
“It was definitely amazing how far it was. The only thing that took away from it was the estimated distance. We thought it was a lot further than [472 feet], based on some that were hit out there. But that’s amazing. That was a good one.”
“He got to show ev that power that he had that I’ve been telling everybody about.”
Russell Martin, on feeling as though he belongs more now than in his previous two All-Star appearances
“I definitely feel more established than before. I was a really young kid the first couple of times [in 2007 and 2008]. I feel like I’ve been around the block a little bit and know the ins and outs, and the guys that are here a little bit. It’s good to be back.
“I was nervous before. Now, I definitely won’t be as nervous. I was in a clubhouse with Barry Bonds and all those guys. It was pretty awesome.”