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Girardi: “We’re going to do whatever it takes to win”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s what Joe Girardi said this afternoon when asked about the possibility of a lineup change for tomorrow.

First he was asked how much of a lineup decision is based on strategy, and how much is based on emotional impact of the players involved.

“I think you have to take it all into account,” Girardi said. “We know that we’re in a three-game series, and whether you need to pinch hit for someone, you need to make a pitching change, you need to change the lineup a little bit, our guys understand. We have a veteran group that understands that we’re going to do what we think is the best thing to win. So I mean, yeah, of course you have to take in a lot of factors. Sometimes it’s just not as easy as just writing a name or taking a guy out, a pitcher out. You have to think about the emotional part. You always have to think about that as a manager. But being a three game series, our guys know what’s at stake, and we have to win two games.”

Has Girardi made any lineup decisions already?

“No, I haven’t done anything yet,” he said. “Obviously there’s a lot of thought process that goes into the whole series and into every move that we possibly might make down the road, but I haven’t done anything yet.”

Could any of those lineup decisions specifically involve Alex Rodriguez?

“Well, I mean, I think that we’re going to do whatever it takes to win this three-game series,” Girardi said. “Nothing that we do will be something that is just a knee jerk reaction. You know, we talk about different things, and whether it’s a pitching change or pitching situations. We know, the great thing about this is I have a great group of guys that’s very unselfish, and they really want to win. And that’s what we’re going to do, what we think is best to win.”

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53 Responses to “Girardi: “We’re going to do whatever it takes to win””

  1. dan l October 9th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Girardi is nothing more then a lying sack of incompetence!

  2. hardwired7 October 9th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Playing Chavez at third and sitting A-Rod against Gonzalez would be the best tactical move. Anything else is just re-arranging the furniture.

  3. Bring in the Goose October 9th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Are the Os moving Adam Jones down in the order?

    No.

    What I struggle with is how the organization cannot influence Swisher enough to cut down on the showboating HR swing every time he gets up. That guy gets a bigger kick out of posing and preening than he does the game itself.

    Move Swisher to the bench and start Gardner and Ichiro.

  4. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Not too many eyars ago Joe Torre dropped Alex to the eighth spot in aplay-off game agains DEtroit. The Yanks lost. Torre got plenty of heat. Careful about what you wish for. Coda: I remember when Alex’s arrival was the second coming to folks around here. And mostly to Jeter’s detriment. Again, careful about what you say or write and the manner in which you do so. Fan bse ysteria doesn’t have much value, but it is negative.

  5. Bring in the Goose October 9th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Jeter
    Ichiro
    Cano
    Tex
    Ibanez DH
    Swisher
    Arod
    Granderson
    Martin

    Is probably what will happen. Though Martin could hit higher.

  6. jacksquat October 9th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Arod hasn’t been great but he did hit the ball hard in two of his at bats last night and that’s more than some others did.

    He shouldn’t be catching as much heat as he is. That said, he should be moved down in the lineup, at least vs rhp.

  7. ron October 9th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Chavez at 3b,ibanez at dh,ichiro in lf,sit arod.
    Girardi can bring arod in later,and maybe it sets a fire under arod.

  8. Andymelillo October 9th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Girardi has no heart or guts he coaches scarred

  9. Tidrow October 9th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Is probably what will happen. Though Martin could hit higher. Martin is hitting .167. Why would you move him up?

  10. ron October 9th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Arod hit 18 hr/57 rbi,and an ops under 8.
    That is basically what ibanez did.

    Simply not acceptable,and it strains the teams resources when you have too look for production elsewhere,also,arod consumes almost 1/6 of the 189 cap.

  11. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    The artificially contrived cap has nothing to do with the troops on the ground at this moment.

  12. EliasInNH October 9th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I was reading the comments and listening to sports radio today and lots of people are saying “A-rod was like this in Sept and we did fine” and “A-Rod was like this the whole year and we did fine”, etc, etc…I understand Girardis point that “eventually they’ll come through”, but we don’t have enough time for “eventually”. We have to win two of the next three. We need to catch lightning in a bottle and put the best damn lineup we can out tomorrow, Thurs and Fri and not think about the back of the baseball cards so much.

    Sometimes it doesn’t even work out “eventually”…look at our RISP problems…we tought they would work out and they never really changed over the course of 162 games + these two.

    I think we really need to look at Swish and A-Rod for at least tomorrows game and ask “do they really give us the best chance to win?”

  13. Andymelillo October 9th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Arods arm swinging not driveing the ball with his hips that’s why he has no power.his hips are deteriated from all the steroids.he is a cheater an that’s what he is he should retire an give back his salary Afraud

  14. ron October 9th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    But his non production does,and when you are paying arod 30 million a year to produce like ibanez,it is a problem because it eats up money that can be used elsewhere.
    The cap would not be an issue if it were not for the loss of draft picks,etc…,but combine the penalty tax,loss of picks,and a few other penalties for going over,and it becomes a must to be under.

  15. Bring in the Goose October 9th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Tidrow says:
    October 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    Is probably what will happen. Though Martin could hit higher. Martin is hitting .167. Why would you move him up?

    ———

    I guess you can’t move up martin. But after watching him homer off Johnson it makes you wonder if he can be more effective than others.

  16. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Ron,

    TThat is a good, strong response but not the issue in this set of circumstances. I almost certainly believe that they should not have resigned Alex. Possibly not even gone for him initially, but heaping scorn on someone struggling is not going to make him better. Replacing him with bench players doesn’t on the surface ot it make much sense. Cross your fingers and the rest of us should be good guys. Remember the Jeter tirade’s. Almost yesterday.

  17. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I’d think about moving Cano to the 3 slot and have Texeria behind him and then Alex…….Tough call for Giradi however at some point he’s got to play the game and not the name……As for Alex getting ripped here at the LoHud, hell just last season many had Derek hitting 8th or even platooning him……….Many where of the frame of mind during the contract talks that if he didn’t like the deal then move on………Quite few from that posse still remains but will rag about his range and him being a below average shortstop now…….I just consider the source and chuckle…….

  18. Bring in the Goose October 9th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    http://baseballplayersalaries......_Rodriguez

    How about Arod and $50 million to the Miami Marlins this offseason?

    Thats one way to stay under the $189.

  19. Against All Odds October 9th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Why would Arod agree to go to the Marlins

  20. Triple Short of a Cycle October 9th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Many where of the frame of mind during the contract talks that if he didn’t like the deal then move on

    ————————–

    Many where also of the frame of mind to not sign Arod to that insane contract

  21. Bring in the Goose October 9th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Because he lives there.

  22. ron October 9th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Listen,arod not producing much at all is an issue.
    We need him more than he has produced,and like it or not,he is getting paid to produce,more than he has.
    Jeter took a pay cut.
    Also,i am not killing arod,just saying that he is not helping much.

  23. luis October 9th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Good evening,

    Pat M,

    Why do you have to be so nasty toward those that you disagree with? Man, just say what you have to say, disagree all you want, but there is no need to put down those that don’t think along your line of thought. Just saying.

    You do have a lot of baseball knowledge, and it is interesting and good to read. But please man, keep it civil

  24. Triple Short of a Cycle October 9th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    luis,

    I have to say you are one of the classiest posters on here. I always enjoy reading your posts. I hope you will continue to post here for a long time

  25. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    luis…….Because it was nasty back then if you were on the Jeter side……And it still goes on as recent as the other night……So I will continue to remind the board of this the next time the cry is about him. or Texeria or Martin or Nova or whomever…..Because there are several here who preach in absolutes with such smugness and arrogance that someone with chestnuts needs to step up and renounce their bullsht…..And it appears that there’s only a few left here who fit that bill…….Look around Luis, how many are left here because of the elitist attitudes……Man, when Doc Joe calls it a night you know it’s gone sour…….Trust me luis, there’s very little left that keeps me here as well……I’ve said my piece and I’ll get drilled for it but then again I will consider the source

  26. luis October 9th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Triple… I do have my grumpy days too.. But I do try to keep it respectful

  27. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Pat M

    You are a fascinating guy and I like whay\t you write. Wish those who have disappeared would return. Really too bad.

  28. luis October 9th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Pat M,

    FTR I enjoy very much your takes… I was here when the Jeter controversy raged on.. I must say that I honestly thought that maybe Jeter’s best days were behind him… He has made sure to make me look real bad… Most of those that said something along those lines have expressed the same thing as I have just stated… Why keep rubbing the wound?… Is it recognizing that you have been wrong elitist?.

    I don’t want you to go… We have lost too many great baseball minds already… Can’t we find a way to get along?

  29. Jerkface October 9th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    because there are several here who preach in absolutes with such smugness and arrogance that someone with chestnuts needs to step up and renounce their bullsht

    Ok I’m here with the chestnuts to renounce your bs. No one on this board was driven away by people that were talking baseball, so lol at that. And me thinks you project when talking about arrogance & smugness, because it drips off you when you dismiss a well written/researched point out of hand with no proper counter evidence besides maybe something a scout pooped out into your hand at golf.

    Good to see you more lucid, at least.

    p.s. Jeter does not have range, it is visible in both watching the game & in the stats. He has a leaden first step. He is still good to have around because of his bat and there is no alternative.

    p.p.s. It is time for Girardi to play the player not the game? And yet when Jeter has a .500 OSP against RHP its OUT OF THE QUESTION to drop him in the order or platoon him? lol Get real, bro.

  30. Against All Odds October 9th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    He has to agree to go there. He has a full no trade.

  31. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 9th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Yankees have to win 2 out of 3 AT HOME against the damn O’s. Cap’n Obvious says if they can’t pull that off, it is another season that falls WELL SHORT of expectations. If they advance, and do so with any degree of confidence, then I like their chances in a 7 game series against whoever they have to face.

  32. mick October 9th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I say go for the kill early and often. Hell, we are a big inning team, that’s how we win.
    In that vein, why isn’t Chavez and Ibanez mentioned in the lineup? Throw in Gardner, shake it up. You don’t have to sit Arod. Sit Swisher, he needs a wakeup call. Play Ibanez in RF, DH Arod, Chavez at 3B.

    Keep posting people, Joe reads this stuff…

  33. ricardo1020 October 9th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Barry October 9th, 2012 at 5:39 pm
    Not too many eyars ago Joe Torre dropped Alex to the eighth spot in aplay-off game agains DEtroit. The Yanks lost. Torre got plenty of heat. Careful about what you wish for.

    Would rather see him strike out in the eighth spot than at third in the order, but the Binder wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings. He’s got more money than God already. Maybe he’ll do the honorable thing and retire, like Gil Meche did when he knew he was toast. But somehow I envision 5 more years of diminishing returns.

  34. Ys Guy October 9th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    day off drama!

    so since ‘we’re going to do everything to win’ tomorrow’s lineup is obvious:
    ichiro
    swisher
    jeter
    cano
    teixeira
    rodriguez
    granderson
    martin
    ibanez!

    piece of cake! Now go get ‘em Boys!!!

  35. Jerkface October 9th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Kyuji Fujikawa coming to MLB. Right handed relief pitcher that throws mid 90s can top out around 97. Very good fastball with late life & forkball. Generally has a WHIP under 1, doesnt really walk anyone, gets lots of strike outs. Not sure if being posted or coming as a free agent. Could be a bargain setup guy if a FA or even posted.

  36. michaelpr October 9th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    The season is the next three days. It’s all about production. Arod hitting 3rd is not the right way to go. You don’t hit a guy with his current peripherals 3rd. Hope he surprises me but seriously slow bat speed says otherwise. Here’s the lineup I would go with:

    SS – Jeter
    LF – Ichiro
    2B – Cano
    RF – Swisher
    3B – Arod
    1B – Teixeira
    CF – Granderson
    DH – Ibanez
    C – Martin

  37. Duh Innings II October 9th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Bring in the Goose October 9th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    http://baseballplayersalaries……_Rodriguez

    How about Arod and $50 million to the Miami Marlins this offseason?

    Thats one way to stay under the $189.
    Against All Odds October 9th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Why would Arod agree to go to the Marlins

    ———————————————————-

    He better agree to go somewhere if he wants to have a comfortable final five years of his career, if the Yanks wanted to trade him.

    If the Yanks publicly announce they want to trade A-Rod, A-Rod is out of here, no way he’s forcing the Yanks to keep him much less playing for a team who doesn’t want him anymore, it’s just a matter of how much of A-Rod’s remaining $120-144M they are willing to eat (not $114M cuz that’s just his base salary and he’s due up to $30M in homerun milestone bonuses, and I’m assuming he’ll collect $6M for his 660th homerun next year unless he sucks so bad he doesn’t hit the 16 homeruns he needs to collect that bonus next season.)

  38. Jerkface October 9th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Considering the Yankees have zero leverage on trading A-rod, they will never publicly announce they want to trade a-rod. His contract is essentially untradeable without the yankees paying so much that it becomes so inefficient that there isn’t even a point in doing it.

  39. Barry October 9th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Y’s guy,

    Very smart line up.

  40. mick October 9th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Ys How do you leave out Chavez?
    Look at his #s vs Gonzalez.

  41. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    You know Face, when you first popped up here spouting all your know everything tude I clearly recall asking both SJ and GB to cut the new guy some slack because it was clear that as a kid you were picked on and bullied about on the playgrounds…..Now after a few years of your schmuck and hump attitude I can clearly see why you are who you are and why …….Frankly at this point I can give a rat’s arse and just so you understand, you certainly not the primary reason for the mass exodus from here, however you play a role in why many don’t want to return…….And yes I know this

  42. Pat M. October 9th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Y’s Guy….Interesting lineup and certainly out of the box ……

  43. luis October 9th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    If you asked me… The player I would sit right now is Grandy… He looks lost at the plate right now… Granted in NYS he could make a difference with his power and the short porch… But I would like a player with better contact skills in there

  44. Ys Guy October 9th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    mick i didnt see the splits, id have switched in the ez’s (nunez/chavez/ibanez) as appropriate to whoever’s pitching.

  45. ricardo1020 October 9th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Memo to Arod, Re: Gil Meche quote. Please take note.

    “When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” Meche said this week by phone from Lafayette, La. “Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”

    Just substitute “hitting” for “pitching”.

  46. Ys Guy October 9th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    thanks guys, i heard someone on the fan today saying “yeah, but who you gonna put in arod’s place” like ten times and it hit me!
    put jeter in arod’s place! the rest falls right in line!

  47. blake October 9th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    JF and Pat M,

    you both are two of my favorite and best posters we have here so lets try to get along and cheer on #28 at this glorious time of the year…..what say ye?

  48. Ys Guy October 9th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    btw, i have advocated for a long time that arod (not when he’s in this funk but normally) is the best fit for the 2 hole. i want to see him hit there next year. high obp, good baserunning and steals enough, less power but hopefully a good average when healthy…

    but right now i’d drop him to 6th. he can’t really bi*ch about it too much because teixeira dropped down there without a word said.

    at least its not 8th…

  49. mick October 9th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    since he’s not going to start Gardner, realistically his lineup should be:
    Jeter, Ichiro LF, Cano, Tex, Chavez 3B, Arod DH, Ibanez RF, Martin, Grandy

    We rout , Swish and Grandy and maybe Arod get wakeup calls and relax for game 4 and beyond…

  50. ron October 9th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t believe in belittling,booing players,but if i think arod,or any other player is not worth 30 million a year,i have no problem saying it.
    If i owned the yankees,or any of you did,including you,pat m.,if given a choice,you would not pay arod 30 million a year for his production,and it is only natural to look at other alternatives.

    If you think the yankees wouldn’t get rid of arod,if it made sense,and look for another 3b alternative,you are wrong.
    Problem is,you have too eat a ton of arod’s money,and pay to replace him,and there is the whole hr chase thing.
    It is very hard to come out on top of these trades.
    I don’t know how the rs pulled what they did off.

  51. Andymelillo October 9th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Yankee fans we are stuck with arod unless they eat majority of his contract.that’s whole lot.he has become a single hitter so maybe ichiro can teach him because kevin long has screewed Arod up

  52. Bo knows October 9th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    you both are two of my favorite and best posters we have here so lets try to get along and cheer on #28 at this glorious time of the year…..what say ye?

    ————
    Second blake

    (I seem to be doing this a lot)

    This is selfish but a) who’s going to retrieve all the esoteric trivia and b) I wanna hear about the glory years and of course the pool cleaners.

  53. Duh Innings II October 9th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    A-Rod, half his remaining salary, and half his homerun milestone bonuses to the Mariners for Brendan Ryan – a total salary dump.

    The Mariners get an everyday gate draw – A-Rod rests only when the team is on the road so Ms fans get to see him all the time. Figure they’ll trade Felix Hernandez during or let him go after 2014, so they’ll have money freed up to absorb A-Rod’s money as what ace, #2, or #3 starting pitcher is signing with the 2015 Ms? You think attendance was bad for the Montreal Expos in their final days? Wait ’til you see Seattle’s starting in 2015.

    Enter A-Rod who could return to and break the homerun record with the team he started with. He’d also have five chances (however slim) to help his team reach their first World Series, and he’d be a god to the fans even if the Ms just reached the World Series with him. He could say he helped them get to where Hernandez, Johnson, Griffey Jr., Buhner, and Ichiro never helped them get to. Hey, who knows what the Ms are like in 2015/16/17? Maybe they pull a 2012 Nats in A-Rod’s walk year (2017.)

    The Yanks eat $57M but clear $57M and up to $15M in homerun milestone bonuses (chop off $3M from this bonus money for every milestone he doesn’t reach.)

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