“All series long, we had a lot of opportunities with guys on base and if we can capitalize and get a couple of timely hits, this series might be different,” Judge mentioned. “We might not even be playing a Game 6.”
With each missed likelihood, the Yankees’ finish inched nearer. LeMahieu offered a stadium-silencing, heart-stopping second of hope within the ninth inning. His reinvigorated teammates believed they might push towards a win and play once more on Sunday. But that proved fleeting when Chapman walked Springer with two outs, didn’t pitch round Altuve to face a weaker hitter (Jake Marisnick) on deck, and hung a slider.
“I wasn’t trying to hit a homer,” Altuve mentioned. “I was just thinking to hit the ball hard, get on base and keep the momentum. Thank god the ball went out.”
Before the Yankees’ postseason started, Judge channeled the philosophy of win-at-all-costs George Steinbrenner, the previous proprietor who died in 2010, when he mentioned this: “Any year you’re not the last man standing, the season is a fail. You can win every single game in the regular season, but if you lose in the postseason, it doesn’t matter.”
After Saturday’s sport, Boone and his gamers hugged one another in a quiet customer’s clubhouse. Tears crammed a few of their eyes. In one nook, Judge addressed reporters and declared the season “a failure” since they didn’t produce a World Series title.
Now, the winter beckons for the Yankees and their entrance workplace. As proficient as their 2019 roster was, it had some key weaknesses, and the Astros stay the league customary. The Yankees can be completely different once they arrive in Tampa, Fla., for spring coaching in February. Perhaps they will obtain the objective the franchise has failed to attain in 11 seasons.
David Waldstein offered dwell updates and evaluation from Houston throughout Game 6:
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