Go to WFAN.com to listen to an interesting interview Mike Francesa had with Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
Heyman said that Joe Girardi has problems in the clubhouse with the veteran players and it’s something he needs to address.
I’m sure some people will waste time wanting to kill the messenger or figure out who is telling Heyman this information. The point is that what he is saying is true. It’s pretty much the same thing I’ve been writing about on this blog since May. Girardi’s style takes a lot of getting used to.
This isn’t about candy and ice cream. It’s about whether he can lead a group of people.
Girardi made a few comments near the end of the season that he understands he needs to make changes. Hopefully that is true and he wasn’t just talking for the sake of talking.
It was telling that the Yankees didn’t relax and start to play well until September, when they were out of the race and counting down the days to go home. It’s also worth noting that Jorge Posada became a ghost when he went on the DL. Or that Mariano Rivera was furious for much of the season about the lack of accountability some players got away with.
Remember that game in Anaheim when Betemit and Cano gave up on that 100-hop game-winning single and neither got a speck of public criticism? How do you think Posada felt that the public was being told his shoulder was “improving every day” when in fact he could barely swing the bat and needed extensive surgery.
Or that any time the Yankees faced any two-bit lefty for the first four months of the season, the lineup would get changed around? Or that Tony Pena, who is widely respected in the clubhouse, was marginalized because Girardi only wanted to bounce things off “his” coaches.
Do you really think all those times they scored two or three runs were some coincidence? The Yankees spent half the season looking like they were trying to get the game over with and go home.
As I have said all along, Girardi is no dope. He can figure this stuff out. Brian Cashman will talk to him. Derek Jeter will talk to him. Either he will figure it out or at some point next year, they’ll be looking for a new manager. Finishing in third place is going to get old fast.