Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
UPDATE - An error helped the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4, Wednesday night, allowing the team to regain sole possession of first-place in the AL East.
After a loss Tuesday night, the Yankees have let their 10-game division lead evaporate and are now sharing first place in the AL East with the Baltimore Orioles. With only 27 games left in the regular season fans are frustrated, and hoping the pinstripes will pull through.
Checking for tickets at the Yankees Clubhouse store in Times Square, Lisa Shapot, 53, said she has been disappointed with the team's recent hitting.
“They’re a clutch team. If anybody can pull it off, they can. But it’s a bummer," said the Rockland County resident. "They’ve been looking like the Mets."
Craig Steichen, 55, a life-long Cubs fan cloaked in Yankees clothing, posed a sports koan: “What’s worse: the Yankees losing or the Orioles winning?”
Declining to answer it himself, the Chicago resident acknowledged that “it’s hard to get back on your feet, we’re waiting 104 years to do it. Yankees don’t have to wait that long.”
He expects they’ll pull through, but wants to see some of the hitters take charge.
Against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night, Yankee coach Joe Girardi was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing with umpire Tony Randazzo.
"Their heart’s there," said Joe Soto, 47, Jackson Heights, Queens. "You see how upset Giaradi was last night? He got ejected.”
Soto said he thought that once A-Rod’s get’s his groove back, that Yankees will be fine.
The Yanks are in Tampa Wednesday night.