MLB Playoffs 2018: Yankees' Brett Gardner Makes Bold Statement After Game 1 ALDS Loss to Red Sox
Losing pitcher J.A. Happ, whose Red Sox killer reputation took a hit with a dismal start in which he allowed five runs over two-plus innings, was the first to speak.
Right fielder Aaron Judge, who did his part with three hits and his second homer in two playoff games, went next.
Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton then talked about his four-strikeout game and first baseman Luke Voit followed by putting his spin on a loss in which he contributed two more hits and two more RBI.
The last to go before PR man Jason Zillo closed the clubhouse was the Yankee who has been around the longest.
Brett Gardner, who came off the bench in the fourth inning to run for hammy-stricken Aaron Hicks and then play center, was the one who told the truth about the situation that Yankees already are in heading into Saturday night's Game 2 of this best-of-five.
"Obviously it's pretty much a must-win game for us," Gardner admitted.
The Yankees dug their way into an 0-2 hole against the Cleveland Indians in their 2017 ALDS, then won three straight to move on. But as good as that Indians club was, Gardner knows this Red Sox team is better.