Forget about the injuries.
Remember the humiliation.
The 6-9 Yankees need to move from their pity party of the previous season and realize it's recovery time.
It must begin immediately, so that the season begins to change with the next two games in the Bronx against the 6-11 Red Sox.
With all the adversity the Yankees have faced, it's time to put that aside and remember how the Red Sox crushed them in their own ALDS stadium last October, embarrbading them by winning Game 3 in a 16-1 game and Then hit the Yankees He came out with a 4-3 win in Game 4, all this after easily winning the Eastern League.
On the way, to make matters worse, it was the world champion Red Sox who made "New York, New York" his victory song.
Those defeats and Frank Sinatra's clbadic should be ringing in his ears when the Yankees take to the field on Tuesday night in the Bronx for their first meeting of the year against Boston, especially the line "I'll make a new start." & # 39;
This is not just a meeting of two proud franchises who fight at the start of the season, and the Yankees should be more motivated than ever.
"Right after what happened last year, many of us in the locker room have a bit of a bad taste in our mouths," said Luke Voit. "We're excited … get back to playing Yankees baseball the right way and do our thing."
That would be a change of what is happening. The motivation is there. The Yankees have the will and the tools to succeed?
Since 2004, the Red Sox have four World Series titles, while the Yankees have one. Yes, both teams are fighting now, but there is always something special in a battle between the Red Sox and the Yankees.
The month of October got a bit louder when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2 in Game 2 to return to New York, NY, drawing 1-1. Outside the door of Fenway Park, Aaron Judge, DJ of the Yankees, went through the clubhouse of the Red Sox with Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York" in his speakers. The judge told Ken Davidoff of the Post in late February that he had "No regrets" about his departure.
Good for the judge. The great man is not retreating.
However, the Red Sox were offended and sang the song as a victory march after they left the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in Game 4 and also when they won the World Series, defeating the Dodgers in five games.
This short series will deal with how the Yankees respond to the adversity they faced in 2019. The initial launch is short, since Brian Cashman chose to go to the second level route and two of his acquisitions will focus on it. Left-hander James Paxton, who said on Sunday he is still trying to change mentally from Seattle to New York, will start Tuesday night, sporting a 1-2 mark with a 6.00 ERA.
Those are the numbers of Sandy Koufax compared to the terrible start that left-hander Chris Sale of the Red Sox has started after signing an extension of $ 145 million for five years. His speed has dropped and his effectiveness has shot to 9.00 to go with his 0-3 record.
On Wednesday j. Happ (0-2, 8.76) will face ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, who has an ERA of 8.40. Happ, 36, signed a two-year contract for $ 34 million with the Yankees and had major command problems, while October's hero Eovaldi reached the grand prize with a four-year contract for $ 67.5 million with the Red Stockings. As for the Yankees ace, Luis Severino, who was awarded a four-year contract and $ 40 million in spring training, remains on the platform for months.
The judge said that the level of confidence of the Yankees "remains high" despite the bad start.
"That's something we try to preach here in this clubhouse, because no matter what adversity we face, we just have to go out and continue playing," the judge said. "People take a step forward."
Without a doubt, this is a series of two games in which the Yankees must advance. The Red Sox embarrbaded them last October.
It's time for the Yankees to practice what they preach.