With George Steinbrenner’s unique methods a major topic of discussion this week, it was easy to contrast how he probably would have dealt with A.J. Burnett yesterday to how Joe Girardi handled it. The Yankee manager said he was disappointed with Burnett but stressed the importance to move forward, knowing he needed the most out of Burnett from now until October — and maybe beyond.
Girardi said this morning that although it appeared his response was tepid, it doesn’t always mean it was so in private. He believes that keeping team-bases issues in-house allows him to maximize his players’ performance.
“My job is to get the most out of our players,” Girardi said. “How we do things behind closed doors is how I choose to do them knowing my players. How I do them in public might be different than what I do behind closed doors.
“I’ve never felt that it’s advantageous to talk about what we do behind closed doors and what takes place or to air out a player in public. Players know when they screw up most of the time. They do. Some managers may choose to do it a different way, but that’s the way I think I get the most out of my players. We deal with situations in-house.”
As I mentioned in the previous post, Derek Jeter did not offer an opinion on Burnett’s outburst, saying only that Burnett apologized and the club had moved on.
Earlier, Jorge Posada said he didn’t originally know why Burnett had left the game. He has exploded in frustration before but normally takes it out on something other than a door.
“It happens,” Posada said. “I usually use my equipment.”
Girardi said his outbursts were typically verbal rather than physical. He threw a pool stick once when he was 8 through wall paneling in a pool room his dad had built. That taught him he probably shouldn’t throw things, he said.
• The Yankees don’t really have a long man for today’s game, Girardi said. Chan Ho Park and Boone Logan are probably both available for two innings. He also could push David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain for more than three outs if need be. Javy Vazquez will also throw his bullpen later than normal in case he is needed in a unique situation, like a long extra-inning game.
• Sergio Mitre threw successfully yesterday. The club will monitor how he feels today and assess where it stands after the game. It seems like he could be a go for Tuesday.
• Alfredo Aceves threw on flat ground yesterday successfully. He will continue his throwing program.
• Jeter said he hadn’t spoken to Yogi Berra but had heard Yogi will be OK. Posada said he hoped to get in touch with Berra today by phone.