The Yankees aren’t about to write their arch nemesis off yet.
Others may be ready to shovel dirt on the Red Sox, who haven’t won a game in six tries this season as they head into Friday afternoon's home opener against the Yankees at Fenway Park. But the Yankees know better.
“I’m sure they’ll be just fine over there,” captain Derek Jeter said after the Yankees knocked off the Twins, 4-3, at the Stadium on Thursday. “Our job is to continue to play well and that’s what we’re going to do.”
In other words, it’s not time to gloat -- or prepare for a Red Sox funeral anytime soon.
“Anything can happen,” Jeter said. “It’s six games with 156 left. I’m pretty sure they’ll win their fair share of games.”
As does Joba Chamberlain. The reliever wasn’t about to take the bait either, talking up the team that was picked by many to emerge with the American League East and World Series crowns when it’s all said and done come October.
“You know what? I don’t care if they’re 0-6 or 6-0," Chamberlain said. "They're still a talented ball club and we know that. We’re not looking at their record. We’re looking at the talent that they’re going to put on the field, that we’re going to have to face. We’re not playing their record, we’re playing their team. So we have to go in and do what we’ve done in the first six games as a team and continue to get better.”