• General Girardi To His Troops: Chill

    Posted by on September 2nd, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Via the Always Twittering King of Caps, Marc Carig -

    The meeting couldn’t have taken more than three minutes, according to people in the clubhouse on Friday night, shortly after the Yankees looked lifeless in a deflating loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

    Manager Joe Girardi was the only person to speak, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting, who requested anonymity so they could speak candidly. He took on a reassuring tone, appearing to one observer to be “rather relaxed.” He wanted only for his team to follow his lead — to relax.

    Perhaps it’s why after the Yankees rallied to beat the Orioles, 4-3, today, Girardi took a deep breath and exhaled as he fist-bumped general manager Brian Cashman in a tunnel beneath the Stadium after the game.

    Earlier in the day, Cashman insisted he sensed “no panic” from the team, which has watched a 10-game lead get sliced to almost nothing. A loss this afternoon would have cut their lead to just one game — their slimmest margin since June.

    Instead, the Yankees rallied for three runs in the seventh, scoring the go-ahead run when Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy mishandled Nick Swisher’s bases-loaded grounder.

    “We need to put together a stretch where we play well,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. “We needed this one.”

    Yesterday was a huge win for the Yankees. If they would have allowed Chen and the O’s to stuff another game down their throats, it would have totally messed with their heads and perhaps led to a sweep today. But, now, TODAY is a huge game for New York as well.

    If the Yankees lose today, they would have then allowed Baltimore to come in here and take two of three, and shave a game off New York’s lead in the standings. But, with a win today, the Yankees then would have gained another game in the standings over the Orioles – and that’s very important because they next have to play the Rays and the O’s again.

    It’s a swing game. And, it’s huge today. Maybe even bigger than yesterday. Let’s see what happens in this one before we start planning any parades in the Bronx.

    Comments on General Girardi To His Troops: Chill

    1. JeremyM
      September 2nd, 2012 | 4:36 pm

      Pretty pathetic today. The team is burning games well enough on their won, but Girardi is adding rocket fuel to things.

      I hope to never see Lowe again and Joba should rot on the bench unless the only other option to pitch is Nick Swisher.

      A-Rod probably back tomorrow- unfortunately he struck out 3 times in 7 at bats in class A with no hits and usually takes a while to get going after DL stints.

    2. ken
      September 2nd, 2012 | 5:05 pm

      Two thoughts after another ugly game:

      Hate to make too much of a small sample size but maybe Dickerson has a future with this team. He could fill in if they don’t want to give Grandy or Swish a big multi year contract. The problem is you only really learn about these young guys over months or a season or two.

      I wonder how it would have turned out if Cashman gave up Hughes and Joba for Johan? Who knows if the injury would have happened. Maybe he was overworked by Mets.

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