Forty-five minutes before the Yankees were scheduled to take a bus from Philadelphia to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, where a workout was scheduled, the route changed drastically.
So instead of opening a two-game series against the Phillies on Wednesday night at The Bronx, it was postponed after two games in Philadelphia after more than a dozen Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 after spending the weekend at Citizens Bank Park, the Yankees. instead, he went to Baltimore and will play two games against the Orioles from Wednesday.
The move had to be approved by the players of each club, and Yankees head coach Brian Cashman showed that they like health and safety protocols and want to play.
“We are happy with the team we have and now we are happy to have avoided the COVID situation to help us play and I think the fact that our players said what they said [Tuesday] when they voted, “We̵7;re going to Baltimore,” Cashman said in a Zoom call late Tuesday afternoon as his club prepared for a trip to Baltimore and Camden Yard on Tuesday night. Their attitude is, “Tell us where we will be.” I think this is a very powerful statement from them. ”
Life and play in a world with an invisible enemy provokes anxiety, but, according to Zack Britton, his teammates reassured how the Yankees handled the situation.
“The Yankees will go beyond what is necessary to keep us in a safe environment,” said Britton, who chaired the meeting as a players ‘representative in the players’ association. “It simply came to our notice then. We believe that if we follow the guidelines and if our organization goes beyond many protocols and ensures security, I think we should be fine. ”
According to Britton, the players discussed what was on the table.
“We were given some opportunities to do that. The guys felt, obviously, we wanted to play. “Our team did a pretty good job, I think, following the protocols, and our medical staff did a great job of tidying up the clubhouse to visit and things like that,” Britton said. “We felt like we didn’t want to get rid of it for three or four days. There is an opportunity to drive to play in Baltimore. That is what we wanted to do and that is what we decided. ”
The outbreak of Marlins players before one week of play has raised the question of MLB’s ability to end the 60-game season. Britton believes players and teams need to take on a large part of their work to stay as safe as possible.
“I think every organization is responsible for how it views it,” he said. “You don’t have MLB officers every day at the clubhouse who monitor it, so it’s a big responsibility for players and the organization to behave properly and follow protocols. I think we, as an organization, do a great job of following protocols to make sure we are healthy and players can play. “
Aaron Boone has often spoken of a team that mentally handles the changing waves of the season, surpassing those that don’t.
“We always try to be prepared for failure. We know that disasters are coming our way, and in 2020. There are no resemblance to what we have all experienced. We knew we would have to prepare for awkward situations, difficult periods, difficult days, ”Boone said. “Baseball, the virus, travel, inconvenience. I feel we are uniquely prepared to handle this. I think this is one of those things that will be very important if you are lucky on the baseball field this year. You will have to face the race. ”
The innovation unveiled by the Yankees on Tuesday was further proof that nothing about this strange season is paying attention to the script.