The New York Yankees are now officially just one step away from returning to the World Series. Thanks to a 3-2 series win over the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians, the “Bronx Bombers” have advanced to the ALCS while apparently doing so for manager Joe Girardi.
At least New York third baseman Todd Frazier seems to think so.
“This one is for Joe,” Frazier said, via ESPN. “He got a lot of criticism after that second game, and we talked a lot, me and him. I couldn’t be happier for him. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
The Yankees notably defeated the Indians, 5-2, on Wednesday evening at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
“A lot of criticism went his way and it shouldn’t have, and we came together as a team for him. This one is definitely for Joe,” Frazier added.
Although already a World Series-winning manager, Girardi has continued to harp on how disappointed he was in his Game 2 performance — even after the Yankees advanced on Wednesday evening.
“The difference between [Game 2] and [Game 5] is about as big as you can get,” Girardi said himself. “I don’t know at any point in my career that I felt worse than I did on Friday. As I expressed many times, it’s the hurt for the other people that is so hard for me. So the emotions, I mean, these guys had my back and they fought and fought. And again, they beat a really, really good team.”
The Yankees will now be battling it out with the surging Houston Astros as a result of the upcoming ALCS. The Astros notably dismantled the American League East Champion Boston Red Sox in the ALDS with the Yankees edging both the Minnesota Twins and now the Indians along the way.