‘What a game’! Yankees players react to the series-clinching victory over the Indians

Andres Chavez
New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman
Jun 1, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) is congratulated by manager Aaron Boone (17) after getting the save against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

In a back and forth affair. A toe-to-toe battle, much like any of the Joe Frazier – Muhammad Ali fights. A game worth remembering for the New York Yankees. Whatever adjective you want to use to define it, the Bombers and the tribe gave us one of the most memorable games in recent postseason history. And it ended with New York clinching the Wild Card series and advancing to play the Division Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, no less.

New York Yankees’ players and even their manager expressed their feelings after the long affair. Although there was no celebration like the one three years ago because of social distancing, you could see happiness in the ballplayers’ faces after beating a difficult foe 10.9 in Game 2.

“I’m 47 years old; I’ve watched a lot of baseball,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. “I don’t know how you top that one — the amount of back and forth, big moments and plays by different guys. With how long it was, I’m glad we don’t have to come back and play tomorrow.”

The Yankees got a great performance from Sanchez

The much-maligned Gary Sanchez hit a home run and a game-tying sac fly in the ninth inning. “What a game,” he said. “It’s even better because we were able to get the victory tonight. It was a battle.”

Now, the Yankees are traveling to San Diego, where they will face the pesky Rays. Tampa won the regular season series with a convincing 8-2 record. And, if that weren’t enough, there is some bad blood between the two clubs, stemming from the incident in which Aroldis Chapman’s pitch nearly hit Mike Brosseau in the head and Kevin Cash’s post game “stable” comments.

“When we’re playing at our best, we can beat anybody,” Boone said. “But I would also caution that we haven’t done anything yet. This is just a stepping stone for us. We wanted to get to San Diego and be in that final group of eight to continue our quest.”

“You’ve got to understand that we have a rivalry,” Chapman said through a translator. “We’re trying to do the same thing, to win. Whatever happened, that’s in the past. We’ve got to put that aside and focus on the series ahead.”