The New York Yankees need to remain savages during the postseason

Gio Urshela, New York Yankees (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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The infamous savages nickname from New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has proven to be the team’s secret motivation.

As the New York Yankees await the start of their American League Division Series matchup with the Minnesota Twins they must remember the confidence that got them here. The scrappy and inspiring play from journeymen throughout the farm system and vital contributions from veterans playing at a high level. The fire and intensity that fueled the team throughout the regular season need to be kept alive in October.

Aaron Boone has earned himself plenty of support for possibly becoming American League Manager of the year and for embodying the team’s passion. The thrive for success is paramount throughout Yankee’s history, so anything less than a World Series title will be considered a failure. The savage mentality has helped to also get more from veterans like DJ LeMaieu, who figures to be a strong candidate for American League MVP. Brett Gardner had a power surge in 2019, showcasing his locker room leadership and winning pedigree all year.

The front office has often shown its version a savage mentality with bold moves acquiring power hitter Edwin Encarnacion midseason. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke with Kevin Kernan of the New York Post about the team being all in for the matchup with Minnesota.

"”It’s all hands on deck,’’ Cashman said. “Give us anything you got. Even if guys are dealing with anything, they are going to have to find a way to get through it, give their best shot, their best abilities despite it. Every time we turned to it, our guys stepped up. Even the big, bad Yankees need help.’’"

Cashman has been patiently waiting on the return of ace starting Luis Severino who hasn’t shown much rust in his recent starts. The former returning All-Star pushes future Hall of Famer CC Sabathia into a new role out of the bullpen as either a long reliever or left-handed specialist. Aroldis Chapman continues to pitch well and will be relied on heavily once again throughout the postseason run.

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The Yankees have a good history of winning against the Twins in postseason play and look to keep that momentum going this week.