Yankees manager Joe Girardi conducted a conference call with reporters today. There were some technical glitches at first but it got rolling after a bit.
Here is the audio. It starts with his responding to a question about Damaso Marte:
The key points of the call: Girardi is prepared to help recruit free agents and if the Yankees don’t get CC Sabathia, they’ll just have to move on. He is OK with letting Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera compete for the job in center and doesn’t plan to use Johnny Damon there. He also talked about the danger of signing pitchers with injuries in their history like Ben Sheets and A.J. Burnett.
Girardi also did the call to promote a charity event on Wednesday. He, Michael Kay and Jim Nantz of CBS will be at the Grand Central Oyster Bar to benefit several charities for research into Alzheimer’s disease.
Tickets are priced at $250 per person, while tables of 10 are priced at $5,000 and $2,500. There are 30 tickets remaining. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with the dinner and program starting an hour later. For information and ticket purchase, contact (212) 490-7108 or (800) 622-7775 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
My grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease before she passed away in 2005 and was tragic to see such a bright and funny woman change the way she did. So if you have it in your means to help out this event, I urge you to do so.