Joe Girardi was not real thrilled with his team and held a meeting after the game to tell them that.
“We’ve already had a discussion,” he said. “I told them there is a lot at stake here and we can’t afford to get anyone hurt or lose anyone or get people suspended. We can’t do that.”
This is a team with a chance to win the World Series and you have a bunch of key players in a melee on the field. With the expanded rosters, you had 67 players out there. It doesn’t take much for somebody to wrench their shoulder or break their hand throwing a punch.
Jorge Posada figures to be suspended and don’t be surprised if it’s five games. MLB will not take kindly to him throwing a forearm at Jesse Carlson.
“As he ran past Carlson, he gave him a little shove with his elbow. It was very unsportsmanlike. The pitcher wasn’t looking for anything like that and he ran past him, didn’t say anything and just gave him a shove with his elbow. It was very unsportsmanlike. It was cheap shot,” umpire Jim Joyce said.
Posada seemed to know he made a mistake, too, based on his tone after the game. He seemed embarrassed, saying he had not set a good example for his children.
“It’s something that shouldn’t happen, you know? You’ve got to carry the weight and hopefully we can end it tonight. … It’s hard to compose yourself,” he said. “I don’t want my kids to see that. Hopefully they won’t.”
Meanwhile, umpire Derryl Cousins had to leave the game because some idiot fan threw a full bottle of soda at him and hit him in the knee.
This is not going to go down as a real proud night for the Yankees. After Mark Melancon drilled Aaron Hill, it’s customary to expect retaliation. Every team does it, including the Yankees. Toronto did it the right way, throwing behind Posada instead of at him.
“I had hoped it ended there,” Girardi said.
But it did not. Posada’s emotion and fire has helped make him a great player. But that got the better of him this time.