No surprise that much of the Joe Girardi and A.J. Burnett press conferences focused on the never-ending saga of who will be the starting catcher for the Yankees in Game 2. One thing is for sure: Girardi knows the gravity of his decision but said he’s confident in his choice and will “have to live with” it.
In terms of news value, there wasn’t much; the closest thing was when Girardi wouldn’t commit to catching Jose Molina with Burnett for the rest of the postseason, saying that the Yankees would cross that bridge if and when they come to it. Here’s the audio.
Burnett did his best to deflect the issue on to himself, repeatedly mentioning that he’s had success with Posada (as well as Molina) and saying that he’s the one who is ultimately responsible for whether he pitches well or poorly – not the guy behind the plate. Here’s his audio.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Just something I noticed as I was researching a column for tomorrow: The last time the Yankees started a catcher other than Posada in the playoffs was Oct. 7, 2005, when John Flaherty caught Randy Johnson.
How’d it work out then? Johnson allowed five runs and nine hits in three innings and the Yankees lost to the Angels, 11-7 (check out the box here). Obviously Girardi is hoping for a better result this time.