I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t give a crap about major league baseball. And I don’t watch any of its games until the playoffs. Maybe not even then unless the Yankees or Mets make it to the post season. But I’ve been tuning in to catch at least a few innings recently and last night I got a good look at why I’m happy not to route hard for the Yankees. Their manager is a moron!
JOE GIRARDI was never a great player. He was ok offensively – and just below average behind the plate. In fact, some of the Yankee pitching staff insisted on having Jorge Posada catch when it came their turn to start because they didn’t like the way Girardi called the game. Now 20 years later, the guy who in some pitchers’ opinion ran a shit show from behind the plate has become the Yankees’ manager!
Look! I’m not an expert. But when an opposition’s player clearly strikes out on a foul tip and the umpire calls the play a hit-by-pitch, it might be a good idea to challenge the call. For several reasons! First, there’s almost no downside. Unlike in football, your team doesn’t lose a time out if the challenge isn’t upheld.
Second, I don’t care how tough you are. If a 90 mph hardball jams your finger between it and the bat you’re holding, you wince in pain involuntarily. That didn’t happen because (hello) the ball hit the knob of the bat – and not the batter’s finger! And third, your catcher pointed out that the play was a strike out and not a HBP.
Yet, what did Girardi do? Nothing! The guy who’d clearly just struck out to end the inning walked to first base and the next batter hit a grand slam home run. Joe’s omission cost his team the game. Pure and simple. And the likelihood that his team, now down 2-0 in the series to a club that won 102 games this year, will recover is negligible.
In the post game interview, Girardi didn’t manage to own his mistake. Instead, Joe cited that he didn’t want to break the pitcher’s rhythm. Really? He was about to give up a grand slam home run and you didn’t want to break his rhythm? That’s about as lame an excuse as the manager could have offered.
Anyway…goodbye Skanks. New York’s only major sports contender just tapped out on a bad call they could have contested. If Joe Girardi wasn’t a moron!