ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Now it's gone and hidden time.
How did all this happen with all the adversity that the Yanks have faced this year? How did the Yanks set in the right mindset of each game?
How did they do that after Aroldis Chapman blew a two-run lead in the ninth on Thursday night.
Talent surely takes it over. But it is much more than talent. This is a professional way of thinking that refuses to fail.
That's what makes the Yankees the ugliest team in the US league, as their AL east lead over the rays rose to 7¹ / 2 games after Thursday's wild 10-innings, 8-4 win over the rays of the Tropical , thanks to an absolute three-round bomb by Gary Sanchez.
Before the 1
Yankees just don't beat you, they leave you no matter how long the game goes. This was a 4-hour, 14-minute marathon.
"You saw some big-time bats at the end," said Aaron Boone. "The machine [LeMahieu] takes his stuff and Gary out of the building. It was a good job of not letting a ninth-inning comeback define the day. Those guys went out and took it back.
" It's a credit for Those, their makeup, and that's something we're talking about all the time. The big league season will take you down if you let it go, and you should be able to roll with the good times and adversity and handle it all, not just day to day, but also sometimes during the game. You must be able to continue playing.
"I'm talking about it all the time, the next game is the most important, and these guys are doing a really good job of focusing on it. We're trying to live it.
" When today is over, whatever the outcome , "We played well, we didn't play well, I had a good game, I didn't have a good game," it's over, and tomorrow it's really important. & # 39; & # 39;
Philosophy works. That's why the 56-29 Yankees have won 10 straight games against AL East and are a league-best 33-12 since May 12.
Sanchez hit, but he came up with the big home run. LeMahieu was sleepless for the night, but he came up with the big base single, which made him 9-to-11 this season with the bases loaded. As a team, the Yankees .307 hits runners in scoring position. Last year they hit .253.
The success continues and continues, and it is because of the approach as a team that the Yanks possess. Each game is a new game, past mistakes are quickly forgotten, and former glory is used as a base for success at that moment.
As LeMahieu said, "We just have confidence we will win, whatever the circumstances."
And when he has runners in scoring position when he hits .480, LeMahieu said this and it is a wise approach for any young player to follow: "I just want it to be my turn to make a mark on the game and there is some focus there in situations like that. & # 39; & # 39;
Yankees owns 142 home ground and all this with Giancarlo Stanton, who has one and Aaron Judge who came up with a huge pinch hit ride in the tenth with only seven.
Sanchez has broken 24 home ground, mostly at a catcher before the All-Star break since 2000, when the future Hall of Famers Pudge Rodriguez bashed 26 and Mike Piazza hit 24.  "It's not a secret, what kind of team we have here, we never give up, "Sanchez said after the demolition of his blast, which was measured at 461 feet, but according to LeMahieu had to be at least 500 meters. "Whatever happens, we will never give up."
This thinking makes them terrifyingly good.