From the New York Times:
Joe Torre didn’t say much, but he didn’t have to. After his Yankees lost Monday night’s do-or-die playoff game to the Angels, Torre repeated the oft-cited difference between his team and the one still playing.
“That’s the thing about their ball club,” he said of the Angels. “Pitches that you may have guys who are trying to hit home runs swing and miss at, they put in play.”
“I think the postseason is a time to think small, yes,” said Torre, who emphasized putting the ball in play rather than going for home runs. “You have to really think about fundamentals and be able to think one run at a time.”
Jeter echoed Torre. “There’s more attention to moving guys over, getting guys in,” he said. “During the regular season, all of the home runs get the highlights. But in the postseason, people pay more attention to how each game is won and lost.”
So, the manager knows it. And, the team captain knows it. Then, why didn’t we see it?