• Girardi Tried To Not To Hurt A-Rod’s Feelings When He PH For Him

    Posted by on October 27th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Via Jon Heyman

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a special call to the public address announcer on the press level during a Yankees playoff game to request that Alex Rodriguez not be named when Girardi pinch-hit Eric Chavez for A-Rod, people familiar with the situation said.

    So when Chavez went in for A-Rod, only Chavez’s name was announced, not A-Rod’s. Typically the announcement contains the names of both the player who is pinch hitting and the person who is being pinch-hit for.

    The call by Girardi from the dugout did occur, confirmed general manager Brian Cashman.

    Cashman said he believes it showed the lengths to which Girardi went to protect A-Rod’s feelings. Such a call is very unusual.

    Rodriguez was pinch-hit for and benched multiple times during a postseason in which he went 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts vs. right-handed pitchers. Overall he was 3 for 25.

    Cashman said he didn’t believe the decision to protect A-Rod was the brainchild of Chad Bohling, the club’s influential director of mental conditioning, but rather was Girardi’s idea. Bohling, who came to the Yankees late in Joe Torre’s tenure, is extremely well-regarded within the organization, Cashman said.

    How sweet.

    Comments on Girardi Tried To Not To Hurt A-Rod’s Feelings When He PH For Him

    1. KPOcala
      October 27th, 2012 | 11:36 pm

      Wasn’t that like Martin protecting Reggie’s feeling when he sent a defensive replacement out? Whilst Reggie was already out there….In an alternate universe it would have been fun watching Martin, Earl Weaver, and Herzog dealing with A-Rod, no?

    2. October 28th, 2012 | 8:17 am

      This move speaks volumes towards how fragile the Yankees think A-Rod is…

    3. redbug
      October 28th, 2012 | 9:12 am

      Well, it also speaks volumes as to how much money they still owe him over the remaining FIVE years on his contract.

    4. Raf
      October 29th, 2012 | 11:24 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      This move speaks volumes towards how fragile the Yankees think A-Rod is…

      Joe Girardi is not the Yankees.

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