"If you're pushing the panic button now," Jeter said, "you're in for a long season."New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says stop picking on the manager: "I think Joe Torre ... could manage anything. He could manage a company. He could manage a baseball team. He's a great manager."
Although Jeter and his teammates insist that it's too early to go into crisis mode, does George Steinbrenner agree? Or will a dismal weekend showing lead to major changes within the organization?
"Now that's a different question."
After Friday night's loss, Torre held a team meeting. One Yankee said: "Enough is enough; that was basically his message. There wasn't a whole lot to it, but he got his point across."
John Harper, Daily News:
For a long time, in fact, there wasn't a player to be found in the postgame clubhouse, as many Yankees sat in the players' lounge and either did some soul-searching or just tried to wait out reporters waiting to ask questions.George King, Post:
When players did emerge, they spoke quietly about continuing to fight and digging down deep, about how one win could give them some momentum and make everything seem okay again.
A seven-game losing streak has George Steinbrenner so concerned he is wondering if replacing Joe Torre is the answer. ...Torre:
Yesterday, the word out of Tampa was that Steinbrenner "was very displeased" about the way his high-priced stable of talent is underachieving and was thinking about a change.
And that was before the Red Sox punished the last-place Yankees, 11-4, in front of 55,005 at Yankee Stadium last night.
Hopefully, we have bottomed out. This was the worst game we played all week.