I think the biggest key is what Lester said to the end that, we stunk on the field and that was the bottom line. If we would have pitched better, none of that stuff would have even been an issue. ... I'm not saying we don't make mistakes in the clubhouse. [Millar] will definitely respond to that because, hell, they were drinking Jack Daniels and they won the World Series. It's just what goes on in the clubhouse, it's supposed to stay in the clubhouse. ...Beckett added that "the team that we have right now is so talented".
Jacoby Ellsbury, Portland Tribune:
We just didn't win games at the end. We started the season off cold, were one of the best teams in baseball through the middle of the season, then fell off at the end. I don't think you can pinpoint one specific thing as a reason, but it was disappointing to all of us that it happened. ... I liked Tito. But sometimes when you don't win, changes are made. Managers get fired. Players can get traded at any time, too. You have to go about your business and be a professional about it. ... We already have a solid group of starters. I'm not sure what management has in store, but we have a pretty good team right now. There's a lot of motivation to get things done after what happened last season.Yankees News: Cashanova recently signed Manny Delcarmen to a minor league contract. ... Mark Teixeira wants to bunt more often. ... Curt Schilling picks the Yankees to win the East.