"We will conduct a thorough investigation of the charges on both sides. I want to do that quickly. I think that's important – that we get it resolved. The only thing that I can tell you about repercussions is that to the extent that there was a violation on either side – and I'm not saying that there was – to the extent that there was a violation on either side, we are 100% comfortable that it is not an ongoing issue – that if it happened, it is no longer happening. I think that's important from an integrity perspective going forward."
The Yankees' 1980s slump continued into the early 1990s and was at its frustrating peak in 1994, when they finished with the best record in the American League in a season that was prematurely halted by the strike, which left New York sports fans, not just baseball fans, stunned, heartbroken, upset, and shaken to their core because Yankees star player Don Mattingly had not played in a postseason despite being poised to do so that year. At that time, he led active players in both games played and at bats without a postseason. Throughout October, the news media added to the embarrasment when they often made references to dates that games in the World Series would have been played. That year, the Yankees and Red Sox would have finished the season against each other Fenway Park.