Sunday when the all stars were announced I was sitting in my seat at the Stadium. I was shocked that Girardi would go with Sabathia over Pettitte. I mean Pettitte has not only pitched better throughout the season, but he’s getting up there in age. Sabathia will have plenty of opportunities to make future all star teams. This might be the last time for Pettitte, and we all read the stories about how his kids really wanted him to make the all star team. I couldn’t make any sense of it.
Then I read that Andy would take Buckholz place on the roster, and it got me thinking. I wonder if there was a back room meeting between Girardi and Andy. Basically Girardi saying to Andy, whom he’s known for years, hey look you’ll be an all star when Buckholz goes on the DL, let me give the nod to CC in the beginning. What motivation would the manager have in naming Sabathia over Pettitte to start with? Well, CC Sabathia has an opt out clause that goes into effect at the end of next year, and perhaps this is Girardi’s way of playing into that decision down the line. Gotta keep big CC happy.
If that’s the case, Girardi truly is an all star manager.