From Bob Klapisch -
…[Paul] O’Neill says that when he watches the Yankees from the broadcast booth, he’s looking at a team that’s gotten used to losing.
Jeter strongly disagrees, but Jorge Posada says O’Neill’s assessment was depressingly accurate.
“Paul was right, when you lose, lose, lose, all of a sudden you don’t know how to win anymore. You look around and start to wonder, “What’s going on here?” Posada said. “When you win a lot, or when you lose a lot, you get used to the same feeling. And we’re losing, so we have to change that. We’ve got to want it more than the other guys.”
Posada stopped short of saying the Yankees aren’t trying. Quite the contrary, he says, “We’re all on the same page here,” And, again, maybe Clippard’s six crisp innings changed everything. But Posada described the “mentality” of losing — that’s the negative habit that O’Neill was talking about — and said, “We have to change that mentality.
“We have to do something to overcome the losing,” Posada said.
There you have it. This is not some sports-writer claiming it. This is not some blogger writing it. This is not some TV-talking-head or sports-radio-jock saying it. This is coming from a key member of the Yankees team.
Posada knows the team. He knows the old players and the new ones. He knows the pitchers and the position players. He knows the coaches, etc.
When someone like Jorge Posada is saying this about his own team, it means there’s something there.
Now, the trick is, of course, turning it around. It starts with the next three games. If New York does not show for those, it will be just another log on the losing fire.