The Orioles have said this in various forms over the last several days as the American League playoff races heated up.
They're not worrying about what the Yankees do. Or what the Rangers do. Or the A's. Or anyone else, for that matter.
First and foremost, they have to take care of their own stuff.
And never will there be a better illustration of that than Wednesday, with the way everything shook out in the American League post-season battle.
There's a bunch of scenarios still out there with one game remaining, but the common thread is that if the Orioles win, they could be doing something at home. A loss-- forget it.
But that's the key. It's something I heard Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Jim Johnson all say in the Orioles' locker room in the past week more than once-- they've got to take care of their own business.
They can't worry about what the Yankees, Rangers and A's do or don't do. All they can do is go out and try to beat Tampa Bay tonight. They took care of their business last night, beating the Rays, 1-0, despite striking out 15 times against James Shields.
The Orioles have been focusing on taking everything one day at a time for much of this season. They just work at seeing what each day brings and trying to get over that hurdle. It's a strategy that's worked fine so far.
Now, with one day left, the fate of the Orioles is partially in their hands. They have a tougher task because the Yankees are playing a mostly Triple-A Boston team, while the Orioles go against a tough Tampa Bay team. That's just the way schedule worked out.
If certain things happen, this still could work out pretty well for the Orioles. No matter what happens, the Orioles need to do one thing first.
Take care of their own business.