October 10, 2020 | 5:12am
As he limped through the postseason, neither Luke Voit nor the Yankees ever explained in detail what the obvious problem with his foot was.
Following Friday night’s season-ending, 2-1, loss to the Rays in Game 5 of the ALDS at San Diego’s Petco Park, Voit shed some light on the problem that limited his mobility.
“The plan for is to go back [to New York] and get it looked at. I think it is your classic case of plantar fasciitis. I plan on getting something done on Sunday, get an MRI and see what the problem is,’’ said Voit, who led the majors with 22 homers but went 5-for-25 (.200) in the five games against the Rays.
“I wasn’t trying to be secretive about it. I didn’t know.’’
Aaron Boone and Zack Britton didn’t know Whitey Ford, other than understanding the greatness of the Hall of Famer and wearing the same Yankees uniform.
That, however, didn’t stop the manager and reliever from paying their respects to Ford, who died Thursday night at his Long Island home. The Hall of Famer, who played all 16 years of a big league career with the Yankees, was 91. To honor Ford, the Yankees wore his No. 16 on their gray NEW YORK jerseys Friday.
“As a young left-handed starter coming up, Whitey Ford was one of those guys, obviously I didn’t get to see him pitch, but you know the name,’’ Britton said. “You know where he ranks as one of the best pitchers of all time, especially left-handed. Never got the opportunity to meet him, unfortunately. It is a big loss for the game and his family, obviously. I will be honored to wear that 16 on my chest. Just looking up a lot of things he accomplished, not only in his career but the military service as well. I have a lot of respect for what he accomplished.’’
Boone said he didn’t have a lot of interaction with Ford, but grasped what he meant to baseball and the Yankees.
“I understand he was watching the Yankee game when he passed away. I feel like there is some comfort in that,’’ Boone said. “Whitey Ford is a legend in our industry and certainly here with the New York Yankees. He is one of those guys who is a Mount Rushmore guy in the Yankees’ organization. This larger than life ‘Chairman Of The Board,’ obviously a great pitcher, but one of those guys who personifies this franchise’s greatness, Whitey, just the nickname itself. I know he was beloved in this organization by so many people, and my heart goes out to his family.’’
For much of the shortened regular season, there was a case to be made that Brett Gardner was playing his last games as a Yankee. Then he got hot in the final stretch. That carried into the postseason and the veteran outfielder has made a case for the Yankees bringing him back.
He went 0-for-2 with a walk in the Game 5 loss and finished the postseason reaching base in 12 of 24 plate appearances.