Yankees: Luke Voit nailed it with honest interview after Tuesday’s loss
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit finally told it like it is on Tuesday night.
It’s official: Yankees slugger Luke Voit should be the only one allowed in the Postgame Zoom Room.
After we’ve been forced to stomach a seemingly endless number of, “We believe in the guys in this locker room”-esque postgame postmortems, with a fair amount of outright bewilderment mixed in thanks to Adam Ottavino and Chad Green, it felt absolutely beautiful to hear Voit go to work in raw, unadulterated fashion after Tuesday’s game, speaking like a fan.
After Aaron Boone took the digital podium again and said — we kid you not — that even though the Yankees did a lot of good things on Tuesday, “Close isn’t good enough right now. We need to find a way to get it done,” Voit lit into himself.
It struck all the right notes.
That’s it. That’s it! That’s all we needed to hear.
Reminiscent of a few weeks back when DJ LeMahieu, with a beanball war raging against the Rays, simply said, “It sounds like they’re gonna hit us tomorrow. We’ll be ready.”
Enough of the faux-positivity. Enough of the “we’re close” attitude. Every MLB team is theoretically close — they’re full of 25 MLB players. And only one team per game wins.
Voit continued delving into the mystery of this team’s current attitude, once again getting it exactly right.
That’s the thing. Somehow, these unstoppable “Savages” have lost any veneer that suggests they’re something their opponents should worry about.
Some key pieces haven’t been performing up to snuff, sure, but perhaps the rest of the American League has simply realized what we’ve been saying for a while. The Astros, Red Sox, Rays, and now the Blue Jays have all confronted the Yankees head-to-head, challenged them, and watched them wilt. The Yankees haven’t backed a contender away from their turf since the 2017 Indians.
This isn’t an intimidating team right now with any sort of swagger about them, and the Blue Jays and Orioles? They’re ready now, which means they’ll surely be ready for 2021.
Luke, any final thoughts?
Now, how on earth do we get out of this?
One win, where the offense, starting pitching and bullpen all click, could set this team on the correct path. That’s how good they are, in actuality.
But it’s impossible to keep holding your breath, at this point. At least Voit’s commentary and sense of the moment was a breath of fresh air.