Joe Girardi was looking for a spot to vent his anger today and he found it.
A radio reporter from a local station out here asked him how it felt to watch the eighth inning. As questions go, it wasn’t a good one. But there have been a lot worse.
â€œWhat do you think? You think itâ€™s fun watching that crap?â€ Girardi snapped. â€œSilly question.â€
Understand that until today, the strongest word Girardi has used around the media is “patootie.” Chris Rock he ain’t.
Have a listen:
Watching Veras, Ramirez and Robertson give up 10 runs on 11 hits in two innings drove Girardi over the edge. That’s certainly understandable.
Meanwhile Edwar apparently took some interview advice from Ian Kennedy. “That’s part of the game,” he said.
It didn’t much change the game given what happened. But I was curious, so I asked Girardi about Jeter’s bunt in the seventh inning. He ordered it because he wanted two runners in scoring position for Abreu.
Abreu was hitting .292 with RISP, about what he hits without RISP. He grounded into a force at the plate. Then A-Rod whiffed and that was that. We’ll never know what would have happened if Jeter took his hacks.
I believe teams shouldn’t give up outs, especially with a lead and when it’s a good hitter at the plate. Outs are too precious to give them away. It’s a reasonable baseball discussion to have. You can make an argument for both schools of thought.
What you can’t argue is that the Yankees have lost nine of their last 14 games are in serious trouble with 45 games to play.