NEW YORK —
“He said, ‘Do what you got to do,”’ Girardi said, recalled Rodriguez’s reaction.
“You’re going to be asked a lot of questions if it doesn’t work,” the manager said.
The brash, young Orioles appeared poised to move within a game of their first trip to the AL championship series since 1997.
But Ibanez hit a 1-0 pitch into the seats in the ninth, setting off a raucous celebration in what had been a demoralized Yankee Stadium crowd. Rodriguez led the cheers, raising an arm in the dugout and high-fiving injured star Mariano Rivera.
“He said great job. A-Rod is a great teammate and great team player,” Ibanez said. “He’s the first one on the top step congratulating you. It’s about winning. It’s about the Yankees and continuing.”