The old guard is letting the new guard have it. From Johnette Howard -
A couple of weeks ago when I happened to run into [Tino] Martinez in an airport restaurant in Cincinnati and the Yankees happened to be playing — and getting routed — on television right above us, I asked him what he thought was wrong with the team and he just shrugged amiably and said, “Aw, they’ll get it together. There’s still time.” But by this week, Martinez’s assessment dramatically changed. During an appearance Tuesday on Michael Kay’s ESPN Radio show, he flatly questioned the Yankees’ effort and desire.
Justice, who worked the Yankees’ loss Thursday for the YES Network along with O’Neill and Girardi, cited the same things. Justice said when he looks in the Yankees dugout now, “You don’t see energy in there … too many guys here are just laid back, expecting it to happen. And it isn’t going to just happen. We’re in the middle of May and their longest winning streak is just three games.”
Already, Boston owns its largest division lead over the Yankees at this point in the season since 1912.
“Someone has to fight — or show they’ll fight,” Girardi said.
O’Neill agreed, then added: “A few years ago, it seemed like the Yankees almost seemed to be surprised to be losing in a game or in a series. Now it seems like [losing is] something they’re almost used to doing.”
No “effort” or “desire.” No “energy.” Further, “too many guys here are just laid back.” And, it “seems like losing is something they’re almost used to doing.”
Don’t you usually fire the manager when you start to hear things like that about your ballclub?