Joe Girardi was not a happy manager tonight after watching Ian Kennedy walk five and get knocked out in the third inning.
But he said – somewhat – that Kennedy would stay in the rotation. At least, “that’s the plan right now.”
Girardi also said last week that Jorge Posada wouldn’t play first base any time soon and he was there tonight, so make of that what you will.
Girardi went on to say that Kennedy needed to make only a “minor adjustment.”
When asked what that adjustment was (which, you know, seems like a reasonable thing to ask), the manager got testy.
â€œI donâ€™t want to get into semantics, OK? Minor, major – youâ€™ve got to throw strikes,â€ he said, his voice rising. â€œThatâ€™s the bottom line. I am not a mechanics guy. Youâ€™ve got to throw strikes.â€
A television reporter started a question by saying that it was obvious the situation was testing him.
â€œNo,â€ he said, cutting off the question. â€œIt doesnâ€™t test me. I hate losing. That tests me. People, I believe in my people.â€
Have a listen yourself:
This will be interesting to watch all season. One of Joe Torre’s unquestioned strengths as a manager was the ability to keep calm and focused in the face of adversity. It wasn’t something he learned overnight, either. He had his trials with the Mets, Braves and Cardinals.
For Girardi, it will be a learning process as well. Because if tonight is any indication, the Yankees are going to have plenty of bumps this season.