It would be evident to the most novice of baseball fans that Robinson Cano made a bad play in the seventh inning. He was too far away from Derek Jeter to try that flip. The error opened the door to an awful 7-6 loss.
Joe Girardi knows this, he has to. He’s been in baseball all his life.
But in another moment that strained his credibility as manager, Girardi refused to criticize Cano. In fact, he compared him to future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, saying Cano has a “smoothness” to his game.
Kim Jones of the YES Network, much to her credit, did not let the comment skate by and asked a series of questions about the play. Girardi repeated the same theme.
Here is the audio:
I get that a manager doesn’t want to be truthful about injuries, most of them are that way. You want to be positive after a loss, that’s also understandable.
But when a player botches a game in front of 53,273 fans and hundreds of thousands of others on television, you can’t pretend it’s OK and then compare him to one of the best second basemen ever to put on spikes.
In any sport, the manager or coach has to be credible. He’s the face of the organization. Yankees fans are not stupid.
Meanwhile, Cano left the clubhouse without speaking to reporters. Derek Jeter, Darrell Rasner, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Edwar Ramirez all made themselves available and he did not.
Part of being a big leaguer is being accountable, especially when you sign a $30 million contract extension before the season. Teammates hate that. If Alex Rodriguez can stand there and talk about his bad day, so can Robinson Cano.
Bad performances all around today. Third place is not an accident.