Showing posts with label Joe Girardi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Joe Girardi. Show all posts


Ubaldo Jimenez vs. David Price

The 2010 All-Star starting pitchers have been chosen.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has called on Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to take the hill for his National League All-Star team. Meanwhile, New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has picked who else, but Tampa Bay Rays phenom David Price to start for his American League squad, which was pretty much a no-brainer.

Joe Girardi: Good Samaritan

Shut up, I know I suck at photoshop. No need to ridicule.New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi polished off his first career World Series victory by dashing to the aid of a car crash victim.

New York police said Girardi pulled over on the side of the road to help a distressed woman who had lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a wall around 2:30am on a Westchester County parkway. He called 911 and reported the car as a mangled mess, and refrained from asking the lady if she realized who he was.
"She had no idea who I was," Girardi said. "I think the important thing is, you know, obviously there’s a lot of joy in what we do, but we can’t forget to be human beings where we help others out. I think that’s the most important thing we can do in life."

Welcome to the Girardi Era

[Note: this post is on loan from my home blog Strike Zones and End Zones and made possible by a generous donation by me.]

Welcome to the Girardi Era. For those of you with limited time, feel free to skip to the bottom for the one sentence summary.

I'm hardly the first to say it, but while the Alex Rodriguez announcement by Scott Boras during the final World Series game was easily the most newsworthy part of the entire series (seriously, for non-Boston fans, this series was about as exciting as watching my dog lick his balls), it was a very low class thing to do. Definitely about as low class as you'd expect from Boras, but it was in poor taste nonetheless.

The rule that prevents teams from making major announcements during the World Series should extend to the players and agents as well. As much as I hated watching the Red Sox win the Series, it was their moment and the attempted highjacking was unnecessary.

The Yankees spent the season stating that if Arod opted out of his contract, they wouldn't make him an offer. They should stand by this statement for two reasons. First, if this is an attempt by Boras to call the Yankees bluff, then let him do it. The desperation of major league teams for talent has created a monster in agents like him and it needs to stop. If a player feels the need to opt out of a $252 million contract because he doesn't like the coach, players, team colors, whatever, then I have no sympathy – MVP or not. Which brings me to reason two. No player is worth the money and drama that this situation involves.

If the Yankees are prepared to enter into a “re-building” era, bringing in a new coach and young talent, then they should do it. Make an effort to keep the anchor players like Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada and the rising starter Melky Cabrera and use the money they would offer to Arod to build around the core. Let Arod go find a team willing to pay $30 million a year. Yes, even if it turns out to be the Boston Red Sox.

The second big Yankees announcement in as many days involves the next manager of the team. As I predicted a year ago after he left the Marlins, Joe Girardi has been offered the job and he is expected to take it, ending months of speculation. Girardi will be a great fit for the players and is a smart choice for the job.

So basically fuck Arod, welcome Girardi, and go Yanks.

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Joe Girardi a Trader?

Florida Marlins officials were displeased when they discovered that last year's manager, Joe Girardi, gave rival pitcher Jon Lieber helpful tips on his delivery during the 2006 season.

Lieber claims his season with the Philadelphia Phillies hit a turnaround point shortly after he was whooped on by the Marlins July 31st. He credits a phone call from Girardi, who he played with from 2000-2002 with the Chicago Cubs.