A veteran of eight postseason series, Johnny Damon got his first taste of what they are like in a Yankees uniform in 2006, as New York went down in four games to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series.
It wasn't the outcome he was expecting, and the 33-year-old outfielder was hoping for better stories to tell after the Yankees completed their run in October 2007. Unfortunately for Damon, New York's campaign ended with a 6-4 defeat to Cleveland, yet another disappointing first-round exit.
Throughout the 2007 postseason, Damon took part in a Q&A with MLB.com, sharing his thoughts after every Yankees game. On Monday, Damon gave closing thoughts on the team's shattered season, Joe Torre's situation and watching the Indians celebrate on the Yankee Stadium field:
How can you assess the emotions after this game?
We're definitely not happy. It's definitely a disappointment. I'm not sure how long it's going to take to get over, or if we could even get over it. We gave ourselves a chance and made it to the playoffs, but unfortunately for us players in here, that's not good enough.
Is this game harder to handle because of the uncertainty of Joe Torre's situation?
I love Joe. I hope Joe stays. He's meant so much to the Yankees organization, the way he handles himself, the way he handles his team, players, everybody. He's a great guy. Hopefully there will be some reconsideration, but The Boss does what he wants.
Did you say anything to Joe over the course of the last day or so?
Hell yeah. I told him I appreciate him and appreciate the coaching staff for all the hard work that they put in over the year. They did an incredible job.
Why did you and several other Yankees feel like you needed to stay out there on the dugout top step and watch the Indians celebrate?
We got beat by a better team in the four games we played against them. Overall, are they better than us? I don't know. But they showed up and played and they knew we had momentum on our side. They came out and played well and beat us.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com.
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