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Joel Sherman calls Joe Girardi a paranoid liar

Oct 25, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

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He doesn’t put those two words together, but Joel Sherman calls Girardi “paranoid” — twice — and calls him “deceitful,” “misleading” and says that he’s less-than-candid.

There’s nothing wrong with writing a column pointing out the professional faults of the local manager following a tough playoff loss, but am I wrong in thinking that if you’re going to go after the guy’s integrity and flatly call him a liar, you need to put some evidence on the table? Because there’s none here. Some have suggested that Girardi was less than forthcoming about Mariano Rivera’s health during the series (I can’t seem to find a story about that, but if anyone has it, I’d like to see it), but even if that was the case, why on Earth is it a bad thing for Girardi to make the world think that Mo was as strong as ever? Isn’t it possible that Ron Washington manages differently if he thinks that Rivera isn’t available? Perhaps he takes more risks in the seventh or eighth inning of a close game than he otherwise might have?

Regardless, Sherman’s takedown seems way more like the airing of a media grudge against Girardi than a cogent analysis of his managerial ability. Which, of course, is nothing new for Sherman, but still.

  1. BC - Oct 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    If the Yankees actually had an effing lead once in a while, Mariano would have been in there. Sherman is a chipwich.

  2. pisano - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    No offense , but people who write these columns aren’t total truth tellers , they tend to embellish also . So lets not have the pot calling the kettle by any other name.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Wait, how is this any different than the shenanigans that happened with NFL injury reports? Which are only used to get “accurate” lines for the gamblers.

    Also, Torre did the same thing, re: Rivera’s availability, all the time in his tenure with the Yanks.

  4. Professor Longnose - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    No defending Sherman, but it was difficult for Yankee fans to listen to Girardi talk about how important it was to win the division, then managing be as though winning the division was a bad thing. What he did was justifiable, but it sure felt like he wasn’t being honest.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 25, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Like Craig said, without anything to support this, it’s all essentially moot. Girardi’s team was simply outplayed by a team that has something truly special going on.

  6. bigharold - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    I can’t understand why Girardi even bother talking to this clown. I rarely read the Post becuse of guys like Sherman. He makes Lupica look reasonable. Heck, he makes Madden look like a cross between Steinbeck and Dashill Hammett.

  7. Ray Rothfeldt - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Methinks something is rotten in Denmark. If you read Sherman’s piece, he’s basically reminding Girardi that baseball is still a game. Games are meant to be fun. So, have fun, and maybe your players won’t be so tense you can see the sawdust falling from their bats next time they’re up with runners on 2nd & 3rd with less than two out when a facing a journeyman pitcher just back from the Japanese Leagues.

    Could it be that these two columnists have a personal grudge?

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