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May 21, 2007

Posada: Yanks Need To Change Loser Mentality

From Bob Klapisch -

...[Paul] O'Neill says that when he watches the Yankees from the broadcast booth, he's looking at a team that's gotten used to losing.

Jeter strongly disagrees, but Jorge Posada says O'Neill's assessment was depressingly accurate.

"Paul was right, when you lose, lose, lose, all of a sudden you don't know how to win anymore. You look around and start to wonder, "What's going on here?" Posada said. "When you win a lot, or when you lose a lot, you get used to the same feeling. And we're losing, so we have to change that. We've got to want it more than the other guys."

Posada stopped short of saying the Yankees aren't trying. Quite the contrary, he says, "We're all on the same page here," And, again, maybe Clippard's six crisp innings changed everything. But Posada described the "mentality" of losing -- that's the negative habit that O'Neill was talking about -- and said, "We have to change that mentality.

"We have to do something to overcome the losing," Posada said.

There you have it. This is not some sports-writer claiming it. This is not some blogger writing it. This is not some TV-talking-head or sports-radio-jock saying it. This is coming from a key member of the Yankees team.

Posada knows the team. He knows the old players and the new ones. He knows the pitchers and the position players. He knows the coaches, etc.

When someone like Jorge Posada is saying this about his own team, it means there's something there.

Now, the trick is, of course, turning it around. It starts with the next three games. If New York does not show for those, it will be just another log on the losing fire.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 21, 2007 01:51 PM

Comments

When someone like Jorge Posada is saying this about his own team, it means there's something there.
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You also have a key member, the captain, saying that it isn't true. There has to be something there too, right?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2007 02:30 PM

I think the context in which O'Neil was describing how the Yanks have "gotten used to losing" is different than Posada's explanation. I think he agrees with the part of getting used to losing, but what O'Neil and Tino were trying insinuate was that the Yanks weren't trying hard enough to win. For me , that's the big difference. He agrees that a team can get used to losing, but he doesn't think the Yankees aren't trying really hard to win.

O'Neil was trying to hint/infer, as was Justice and Tino, that the Yankees weren't cheering each other on and didn't have each other's back - basically inferring that they weren't trying. I thought that was bull.

Any team can get used to losing, but I don't think the Yanks weren't trying. If you get beaten down enough with the losing then the effort eventually goes, too. I still see the effort, I just don't see the results and that's showing in the 'L' column.

Posted by: Garcia [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2007 03:23 PM

~~~You also have a key member, the captain, saying that it isn't true. There has to be something there too, right?~~~

Not when your captain is more concerned with his own PR/iamge over anything else.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2007 03:41 PM

~~~Not when your captain is more concerned with his own PR/iamge over anything else~~~

Where do you get this from? Seriously, does Jeter not run hard to first? Does Jeter not act like a leader w/ his actions on the field?

Posted by: Garcia [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2007 04:11 PM

Not when your captain is more concerned with his own PR/iamge over anything else.
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Hmmm, you may be on to something here. Maybe Posada secretly covets the captaincy, and is speaking his mind to make Jeter look bad?

He better be careful...

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2007 04:15 PM

It could also be that two different people see the same situation differently. Just ask any married couple.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 22, 2007 09:24 AM