Voit On WFAN: Yankees 'Trying To Get Our Groove Back'

Surging First Baseman Enjoying Every Moment In The Bronx

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
September 21, 2018 - 3:38 pm
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit reacts after hitting a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning on Sept. 19, 2018, at Yankee Stadium.



By WFAN.com

The Yankees second-half struggles have been the topic of conversation around New York City for the last two months.

While the team still sits at an impressive 93-59, New York's success this year has been overshadowed by the dominance of the Boston Red Sox. With 10 games remaining, the Yankees find themselves just 1.5 games ahead of the Oakland Athlethics for the top Wild Card spot.

While New York hasn't been playing its best baseball over the last month or two, one bright spot has been the play of first baseman Luke Voit.

The 27-year-old has been outstanding since the team traded for him in the middle of the season. In 30 games for the Yankees, Voit is hitting .320 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI.

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Voit joined WFAN Friday, and did not shy away from stating how much he is enjoying his success with the Yankees this year.

"I want to say yes I envisioned it because, you know I want to do the best I can in the big leagues," Voit told Carlin, Maggie & Bart Friday afternoon when asked if he ever thought he could have this much success in the majors. "But at the end of the day, I'm just having fun man. I don't get to play this game forever and so I'm just going to enjoy every moment and play with enthusiasm, and try to do some big things with this team. I'm just enjoying the moment."

This level of success is relatively new for the first baseman. 

The 27-year-old didn't make his major league debut until 2017, playing in just 62 games for the Cardinals last season while hitting .246 with only four home runs and 18 RBI. 

The big first baseman was a 22nd round pick for the Cardinals back in 2013, and took several years to work his way up to the majors. 

Although he is enjoying his strong performance with the Yankees, Voit acknowledged he plays every day as if he has something to prove.

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"Oh 100 percent. Even through the minors because I was a late-round draft pick," Voit said on the feeling of always having to prove that he belongs in baseball. "The only way I would get promoted was to hit, and I had to figure out a lot. I appreciate all of the coaches and players I've played with that helped me get through that, from a physical standpoint and mental standpoint too. I just can't try to be other things. I've got to try taking in everything I can learn and translate that into what makes me a better player."

The Yankees are entering a pivotal final stretch of the season, with the location of the AL Wild Card Game very much up for grabs between New York and Oakland. 

New York was eliminated from the AL East race Thursday when the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the Bronx, leading to the rival Red Sox celebrating their division crown on the Yankees' home field. 

While that was certainly a sight for sore eyes for Yankees fans, the series overall was a success as New York took two of three from Boston.

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"I think it was big. It sucked that they got to clinch here...But we're just trying to get our groove back, get our mojo back," Voit said on picking up some momentum from the big series against their division rivals. "Having Aaron [Judge> back, Didi's [Gregorius> kind of getting his swing back, and same with Gary [Sanchez> is huge for our morale. We need a big weekend this weekend, but we can't look ahead. We've got to take advantage of the game today... Take it day by day to get ready for the playoffs, because we want that home game for the Wild Card Game." 

The Yankees will begin a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx Friday night.