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Girardi: Now is a time to shine

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 10, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just spent a few minutes on the phone with Joe Girardi, who was nice enough to return my call. He will get to camp tomorrow and doesn’t expect the A-Rod situation to cause too much of a ruckus. At least not more than the team can handle.

He compared it Andy Pettitte’s admission of drug use last spring.

“It will be on a larger scale because of who Alex is. The media buzz will be there for a few days,” Girardi said. “But we have to support each other and play the games and do our jobs. We’re going to get through this. I think this is a chance for us to shine, both Alex individually and us as a team.”

Girardi has spoken with Rodriguez several times in recent days and found him to be “in a good place.” He hopes that the admission of guilt helps him as a player.

“Anything you’re through something in your personal life or you have something on your chest, it impacts how you play,” he said. “If anything, maybe this helps him. He’s been tested regularly since 2004 and he’ll be tested for the WBC. He’s a great player regardless and that’s something I want to say when we talk again.”

Check out the paper tomorrow for more from Girardi. He seems comfortable that the Yankees will find their way through this mess in due time.




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