Forty-five minutes before the Yankees were scheduled to schedule a bus from Philadelphia to the Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, where they were scheduled to practice, the itinerary changed drastically.
Instead of opening a series of two games against the Phillies on Wednesday night in the Bronx, they were postponed after two games in Philadelphia, when more than a dozen Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 after spending a weekend at Citizens Bank Park, Yankees. instead, he went to Baltimore and played two games against the Orioles from Wednesday.
The move had to be approved by the players at each club, and the Yankees showed general manager Brian Cashman that they were happy with the health and safety protocols and were hungry.
“We̵7;re excited about the crew we have, and we’re excited to avoid the COVID situation that led us to the game, and I think our players said what they said.” [Tuesday] when we voted, “We’re going to Baltimore,” Cashman said late Tuesday afternoon as his club prepared for a trip to Baltimore and a Camden Yard exercise Tuesday night. “Their attitude is, ‘Tell us where and we will be there.’ “I think it’s a very strong statement.”
Living and playing in a world with an invisible enemy is anxious, but according to Zack Britton, his teammates were pleased with how the Yankees handled the situation.
“The Yankees will go beyond the measures they need to keep us in a safe environment,” said Britton, who chaired the meeting as a player representative on the players’ association. “From the players’ point of view, we are sure.” We feel that we are following the guidelines and with our organization, which goes beyond many protocols to ensure safety, I think we should be fine. ‘ “
According to Britton, the players discussed what was on the table.
“We are given a few options for what we can do. The boys felt, of course, that we wanted to play. Our team did a pretty good job, I think according to the protocols, and our medical staff did a great job disinfecting the clubhouse they visited, and so on, ”said Britton. “We felt like we didn’t want three or four days off. There’s an opportunity to go play in Baltimore. We wanted to do that and we decided. ‘ “
The outbreak among Marlins’ players before it took place one full week has raised the question of MLB’s ability to finish a season of 60 games. Britton believes that players and teams must take a lot of work with their parts to stay as safe as possible.
“I think every organization is responsible for the way they approach it,” he said. “You don’t have MLB officials in the clubhouse every day to monitor this, so it’s a big responsibility for players and organizations to do the right thing and follow protocols.” I think we do a great job as an organization according to protocols and across borders to make sure we are healthy and our players are ready to play. ‘ “
Aaron Boone has often talked about a team that mentally manages the changing tides of the season, ahead of those who don’t.
“We always try to be prepared for adversity. We know that adversity is approaching and 2020 is unlike everything we have all experienced. We knew that we would do it, that we would have to prepare for unpleasant situations, for difficult times, difficult days, “said Boone. “In terms of baseball, in terms of the virus, in terms of travel, in terms of inconvenience. I feel like we are uniquely equipped for that. I think that’s one of those things that will be crucial if you have to pretend to be a success on the baseball field this year. You will have to deal with curves. ‘ “
The breakthrough delivered by the Yankees on Tuesday was further proof that nothing paid attention to the script this strange season.