Forty-five minutes before the Yankees were scheduled to move from Philadelphia to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, where they had plans to workout, the itinerary had changed considerably.
Therefore, instead of opening a two-match series against the Phillies on Wednesday night in The Bronx, two matches in Philadelphia were postponed when more than a dozen Marlins made their way to COVID-19 after spending the weekend at Citizen Bank Park Tested positive. Instead went to Baltimore and would play two matches against the Orioles starting on Wednesday.
The move had to be approved by players from each club and the Yankees showed general manager Brian Cashman that they are comfortable with health and safety protocols and have a hunger to play.
He said, “We are excited by whatever crew we have and right now we are excited that we have put us in a position to play to avoid the COVID situation and I think our players said what they said [Tuesday] When he voted, ‘We will go to Baltimore,’ “Cashman said on a zoom call on Tuesday afternoon, while his club was ready for a Tuesday night trip to Baltimore and Camden Yards Workout. “Their vision is, ‘Tell us where we are and we’ll be there.” I think this is a very powerful statement by him. ”
Living and playing in a world with an invisible enemy provokes anxiety, but according to Jack Britton his teammates have calmed the way the Yankees handled the situation.
“The Yankees will go above and beyond the necessary measures to keep us in a safe environment,” said Bretton, who chaired the meeting as the player’s union representative. “We are confident from the players’ point of view. We feel that if we follow the guidelines and ensure safety by going above and beyond the protocol of our organization, I think it should be fine. ”
According to Britton, the players discussed what was on the table.
“We were given some options on what we could possibly do. Guys felt like, obviously we want to play. Our team has done a great job, I think, following the protocol, and our medical staff has done a great job of cleaning up the visiting clubhouse and things like that, ” said Britton. “We felt that we did not want to take three or four days off. There is an opportunity to go to Baltimore to play. This is what we wanted to do and this is what we decided. ”
The outbreak among the Marlins players before a full week of play was questioned by MLB over the possibility of completing the 60-game season. Britton believes that players and teams will owe a large part of doing their respective parts to be as safe as possible.
“I think every organization is responsible for the way they approach this,” he said. “You don’t have MLB officers every day under the supervision of the club, so the players and the organization have a lot of responsibility to do the right thing and follow the protocol. I think we are working as an organization that is following protocol and going above and beyond to ensure that we are healthy and our players are available to play. ‘
Aaron Boone has often talked about the team mentally handling the changing tide of the season that will be ahead.
“We always try to be prepared for adverse situations. We know that adversity is coming our way and 2020 is the opposite of what we all experience. We knew that we had to be prepared for some uncomfortable situations, some difficult times, difficult days. “From the point of view of a baseball, from a virus, from travel, from inconveniences.” I think we are uniquely equipped to handle this. I think this is one of the things that is going to be important if you are going to achieve success on the baseball field this year. You have to deal with cuteball. ‘
The breaking pitch given to the Yankees on Tuesday was proof that nothing about this strange season is paying attention to a script.