A look back at some great quotes regarding this topic from September 9, 1978:
Don Zimmer: “I’m always positive. That’s my personality. I’ve said it all along; these guys have found a way to get it done all year long through a lot of adversity, through a lot of injuries, through a lot of different things that we’ve been through. I believe they’re going to do it. That’s who they are and I believe in them.”
Carl Yastrzemski: “I think nobody’s panicking. We’ve done this for a long time. The important thing for us is we have to focus. Number one is we have to worry about winning series and number two is doing the little things. That’s always been our focus around here. If we focus on those things, this team’s going to be fine.”
Mike Torrez: “It’s baseball. We’ve got to go out and keep playing. It’s a tough game but we still have a lead. It’s all up to us and hopefully we can turn it around. … I mean, we’ve had some injuries. We’ve got some guys coming back. Hopefully that could give us a shot in the arm to be able to take off and start playing well.”
Jerry Remy: “It’s not a good feeling. You lose some games, and you just want to win games. You don’t want to put your head down. Just got to turn the page. Just be ready for tomorrow.”
Bob Stanley: “Every loss right now hurts. We need to hopefully win the next two games here. That’s really all we can focus on. Today is over and done with. We’ve still got the rest of the series, we’ve got two more games against them, and we need to pick up a couple of wins.”
Well, actually, these quotes, from top to bottom, are from Joe Girardi, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Robinson Cano and David Robertson. But, they sure sound like the crap that the Red Sox would have said back around this time in ’78…
Guess what boys? It’s time to hit the panic button. Start playing with a sense of urgency. Play every game like it’s “Game Seven.” You only have 28 games left and 12 of them are against teams chasing you in the playoff hunt and another 12 are against teams from your division who would love to knock you out of it.
The clock is ticking.
Lock and load, strap it on, and get it done. Or, just curl your tail between your legs and go crying to your mother. But, please, save the bull spit pollyanna propaganda. For cryin’ out loud, it’s September 3rd and you’re down to a one game lead with only 28 games to play. Stop talking and go kick some ass.