Loud shouts, random yells and blaring, bass-thumping, speaker-rattling music could be heard vibrating through the heavy wooden doors that separated the New York Yankees’ clubhouse from the Target Field service-level tunnel late Tuesday night.
All with good reason.
Minutes prior, the American League-leading Yankees — led in large part by shortstop Didi Gregorius’ five-hit, seven-RBI night and Aaron Hicks’ game-ending, diving catch — had secured arguably their biggest win of the season, coming back and holding on in the most dramatic of fashions on the road to beat the Minnesota Twins, the current kings of the AL Central, 14-12 in a back-and-forth game that ended in 10 innings.cheap nfl jerseys nike china
“That’s a postseason game right there,” Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said, hinting at an October rematch between the teams. “They’re going out there giving their best, we’re going out there giving our best. It came down to who wanted it more at the end.
“We’ll see them down the road for sure.”
Following Wednesday’s regular-season series finale, the next time the Yankees and Twins could meet, the games would mean significantly more, with World Series hopes on the line.
And Gregorius might have a hand in it, just as he did Tuesday.cheap youth nfl jerseys
“He’s a big reason why it’s noisy in there right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said as more postgame shouts could be heard across from his closed-door office in the visitors clubhouse.
It was Gregorius’ bat that spoke the loudest. A perfect 5-for-5, Gregorius became only the fifth Yankee since 1920 (the year RBIs became an official stat) to post a 5-for-5 day with seven RBIs in the same game.
It’s also the second time in his career he has had a 4-for-4 or better game with seven RBIs, making him one of just three Yankees in history to have enjoyed multiple such contests in their careers. Lou Gehrig accomplished that feat three times, while Joe DiMaggio also did it twice.
“It was really good to see him just barrel the ball up all over the ballpark, line to line,” Boone said of Gregorius. “Right in the middle of everything.”