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Yankees will “try to fight” decision about postponed doubleheader

Aug 27, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

Yankees manager Girardi pleads his case with second base umpire DeMuth as he challenges a solo home run by Royals' Butler during their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City

As Drew mentioned, it was announced last night that Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader between the Yankees and Orioles was postponed due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Irene. One of the games will be made up in a split-doubleheader Sunday while the other will be made as a night game on September 8.

Of course, the Yankees tried earlier this week to schedule a doubleheader for Friday, but the Orioles refused. And Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that they are still peeved about the situation.

“I don’t understand why we didn’t play a split doubleheader today,” an agitated Girardi said. “They changed things all over the country. They did it in Philadelphia, in Boston, in Florida, football’s been canceled. I mean, how long’s this forecast been out? Everyone knew it was going to rain like cats and dogs on Saturday. And now to take away our only off day? It makes zero sense. Someone’s got to step up.”

“We didn’t agree to play Sept. 8,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re going to fight it. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun lays out the scenario for the Baltimore side, writing among other things that the Orioles didn’t want to lose a home night gate against the Yankees. He also posits that the Orioles were coming off an 11-day, 10-game roadtrip and were still reeling as an organization following the death of Mike Flanagan.

I’m not really sure what the Yankees could accomplish by fighting this thing. It’s possible they could schedule a last-minute doubleheader for Monday or consider skipping the September 8 game altogether, but when the Yankees are basically a lock to make the playoffs, it’s tough to get too worked up about it.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    “Perhaps we’ll ask Mr. Torre, he’ll know what to do”.
    See, I can channel Alec Baldwin and Thomas Mitchell in the same morning.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      Just to clarify, I was referring to “Mr. Torre” as the head of baseball operations, not as Yankees manager.

  2. ditto65 - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    It is still BS that Baltimore didn’t react earlier to take care of this. Did they think they have a magic bubble to protect Camden Yards?

    • ditto65 - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      “Aww, crap. Where did Jimmy put the magic bubble?”

    • flavadave10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      Two things…

      1. Most of the ushers at Camden Yards have day jobs. They can’t exactly skip work, can they?

      2. You really think the Orioles would want to play two games the day of Flanagan’s tribute coming off a very long, stressful, and emotionally taxing road trip?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        1. The Oriels do play mid week day games, so they must have ushers who can do it.

        2. They went 5-5 on their road trip, which to the Os must feel like they swept. That is a better winning percentage than they have seen in over a decade. And I don’t see 2 games on Flanagan day as a sign of disrespect to him in any way.

        The Os are going nowhere, so they can try to stick it to the Yankees, who are trying to prepare for the playoffs. Congrats, now lets watch them go back to losing.

      • flavadave10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        Sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo. Four things:

        1. Mid week day games are usually not scheduled about two days (Granderson claims to have suggested the doubleheader on Wednesday) before they happen. Try asking your boss for an afternoon off two days before. See what happens. Needless to say, it would have taken divine intervention to make a day game happen. If it was a weekend day game, it could be done. But certainly not a weekday day game.

        2. Some things are far bigger than baseball. Let me put it like this: Suppose David Cone committed suicide from out of the blue. You honestly think that they would want to play a double header two days after? As an Orioles fan, I cannot begin to put into words what Flanagan meant to the Orioles. I’ve tried to… but I can’t. The entire team the past three days have been emotionally drained. No celebrations or music in the locker room. Asking them to play on Friday would have been too much. This coming from someone who has lost a dear friend due to suicide.

        3. Before you accuse the Orioles of doing this solely to screw over the Yankees, allow me to point out that the Orioles have to travel back to Baltimore on the 8th to play one game, and then have to play in Toronto the next day. That’s not quite as bad as going to Anaheim, but that’s still a pretty huge pain in the behind.

        4. The Orioles had final say in what happened because they are the hosts. Deal with it. Sorry that the Orioles actually think about their own needs too.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    In the picture, is Torre trying to perform some type of Kung Fu death grip move at the umpire?

    • yankeesgameday - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

      Just a Vulcan mind meld

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

        Spock would be proud.

    • D.J. Short - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      I think he’s about to eat an imaginary double cheeseburger.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        Possibly. Judging from the space between his fingers, a Whopper, perhaps?

    • Lucas - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      No, he’s trying to “squish his head”…(old-school “Kids in the Hall” reference…)

      • D.J. Short - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        I considered that possibility, but he’s too close in proximity to the umpire. Love the reference, though.

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      His name ends in a vowel and he is wearing the Yankee uniform but you all need an eye exam.

    • Lukehart80 - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      I don’t think Torre’s in that picture.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

        Yeah. It’s Girardi. Duh on me. This impending hurricane is screwing me up today.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

        Do all Italians look the same to you? Racist.

    • gcryall - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      Gee!!! Torre’s appearance has really changed. He almost looks like Girardi since he became head of operations. Caan’t seem to lose his love of the Yankee uniform either.

    • mississippiguy - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

      Girardi, not Torre.

      • mississippiguy - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        Never mind. I see that the correction has already been made.

  4. grumblygus - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    The Yankees didn’t approach the Orioles about scheduling a double header on Friday, they approached the media with their idea. The Orioles heard about the idea by reading the Yankees comments in the paper. I think that kinda pissed them off and made them less likely to accept a Friday double header.

    The Orioles suggested a Monday double header, but the Yankees refused because they didn’t want to play back to back double headers leading into a Redsox series.

    • jamkarat - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      Not true Dude get your facts straight-the Yanks did approach the Orioles, and they refused because they wanted more income from a night gate.

      • grumblygus - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

        You might be right. But I don’t think so. What is your source? Here is mine.

        http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2011/08/not-so-calm-before-the-storm.html

  5. docrd - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Ok, Baltimore doesn’t want to loose a Yankees night game gate. If the league doesn’t solve this, I think the Yankees should do one of two things. First they need to keep their big lead at least in the wild card race. On Sept 7 they should fly their top 15 guys strait to LA, and send their AAA team to Baltimore, or if the lead is really big just forfeit the game and let’s see how much money they make at the gates.

    • Panda Claus - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      You could put a Little League team out on the field as long as they still wear the Yankee uniforms. The out-of-town Yankee bandwagoners would still show up in masses, and most wouldn’t realize the real players weren’t on the field.

      Girardi apparently approves of your AAA substitute team idea. He tried that in moderation last night by throwing a AAA starter out there.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I think the Yankees should just take their ball and go home…what a bunch of crybabies.

  7. firedude7160 - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Why is Girardi bitching and moaning about this so much? One of the teams he used as an example, the Phillies, is doing the exact same thing they did in Baltimore. The Sunday game was moved to a double header on Saturday. The late game was then postponed and re-scheduled for September 15th (the Phillies only off day the rest of the year). The early game will probly end up being postponed because of rain and have to be scheduled as a double header on the 15th. He needs to stop whining to the media and just coach his team

  8. anxovies - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    The reason the Yankees are complaining about this is that they already have to make up several games that were rained out earlier in the year during the last month of the season. The reasonable thing would be to have a double header on Friday to make up the Saturday game. The excuses given by the Orioles reveal the bush league mentality that has pervaded the organization the last few years.

    • grumblygus - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

      What is bush league is assuming that because you are the better team you can dictate what happens. That is a 3rd grade playground mentality. ‘Even though I am at your house, I am going to decide what we do because I am bigger and better’ That is bush league.

      Going to the media and saying ‘this what we should do’ before you go to the other team is bush league.

    • flavadave10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      OK, so not wanting a doubleheader the day after coming back from a long, stressful, and emotionally taxing road trip is bush league?

    • firedude7160 - Aug 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      The Yankees have sooooo many games to make up (they have 3) that they have no double headers and a day off (yeah, it’s a travel day, but it’s still a day off) in the month of September. Yes it sucks, but stop whining about it and just play.

      And before you say any more about their busy schedule the rest of the year, consider this: The Phillies now have no off day (not even a travel day) for the rest of the season. They will be coming off of an seven game road trip (Milwaukee then Houston) when they play their make-up double header against the Marlins (only off day they had). They then have a 4 game series against the Cardinals followed by a double header with the Nationals (rain make-up). So it’s not like the Yankees are the only ones that are getting screwed by Irene

  9. gcryall - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Maybe in the picture he is trying to explain his handling of the pitching staff. This guy Girardi can’t shine Torre’s shoes as a manager. Has no grasp of how to handle a pitching staff or when to bring relievers in. His atrters could be pitching a no hitter and he would still bring in one of the lousy bull pen to lose the game.

    And his constant defense of Burnett is beyond belief. The guy couldn’t win a game in the LLWS. Get rid of him.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      you clearly have no idea what your talking about, Torre would use the same two relievers night after night after night. Just ask Scott Proctor and Tom Gordon. You have no clue and as for Burnett you think its up to Girardi to make that decision? Stick with Nascar, at least you might know what your talking about with that sport.

  10. irreverendsara - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Quit your quacking, Joe. You get today off.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    BTW, I’m not sure about this double-header for Sunday. The hurricane is supposed to dumped like 6-12 inches of rain- how do they know if the field will even be playable or that people will be able to get to the ballpark if roads are closed, etc… The storm is supposed to move out in the morning on Sunday- the first game is a 1:30- not exactly a lot of time to access the damage…

    • flavadave10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      Hurricanes are tough to reschedule around. But I think the Orioles did everything that they did to ensure that the damage wouldn’t be too bad. Tarp was on the field, tarp over the seats. Can’t really do much else. As far as people getting to the ballpark, the Orioles can’t really do anything about that except send out a bunch of dinghies.

  12. granted42 - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    If the Yankees don’t want to play on the 8th, why not schedule it for the 29th? Baltimore has that day clear. Heck, they’re pretty much open after the 28th, so anytime that week the Yanks are free, just let the Orioles know. Otherwise, just suck it up. It’s better for them to field a bunch of minor league players after rosters expand than to miss a day off before playoffs start.

  13. braymo22 - Aug 27, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Poor Yankees :-(

  14. 24missed - Aug 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    I’m sorry. This is ridiculous. The Orioles are grieving, many of us are preparing for the impending storm and Girardi is fighting this decision?

    Hospitals and nursing homes are being evacuated around here. Animals at shelters have been put to sleep in the South. How about a close family friend expected to have surgery to remove malignant tumors Monday? Where I am, if the storm remains on track, her surgery won’t happen.

    Even if this storm turns out to just be some rain along our coast, the preparations have been unbelievable. And painful. There are so many concerns, even among those of us that are just prepping for power outages and flooding basements.

    Baseball games being rescheduled, well, I would imagine the players and managers would get it. Natural disasters have had to impact some of their lives and I’m sure they would feel for those hit by this storm and many others. They have to care about their fans, right?

    This is coming from someone who is obsessed with ball but can’t get in touch with her sister, who was hit hard and continues (according to reports) to be pounded.

  15. stevem7 - Aug 27, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    DJ Short exposes his total lack of knowledge with the statement ‘he’s not really sure what the Yankees accomplish by fighting this thing”. Pay attention now DJ. The Yankees refuse to play both Sept 8th and Sept 15th and will agree to play the games after the season ends on Sept 28th. By then, the playoffs have been decided and the games are not necessary and therefore are cancelled. The net result … BALTIMORE loses 2 or 3 home gates for being stubborn about not playing a double yesterday. Thats what the Yankees gain. Oh and if the games are necessary to decide a playoff race, then Butt Selig’s lack of leadership on Thursday in not ordering the DH to happen is totally exposed and MLB has to totally reschedule the entire playoffs. I think it’s absolutely worth everything no matter which way it turns out. Try knowing what you are talking about DJ before you go writing drivel.

    • flavadave10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      I think it’s safe to say that right now, the gates are the LAST thing on the Orioles’ minds. Some things are FAR more important than baseball and money. If the Yankees refuse to show up because Girardi is having his period, fine. All I can say is that I would laugh my head off if the Yankees refuse to play the game on the 8th, have to forfeit, and they wind up missing the playoffs BY ONE GAME. I realize that’s pretty much impossible though.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM

        With all due respect, what has Peter Angelos ever done to make you think that he wouldn’t care about the loss of a game’s gate revenue?

      • flavadave10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:04 PM

        Schedule the game for the eighth? Not give a crap about the quality of the team on the field?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2011 at 7:53 AM

        Yes, because a Thursday night game will most certainly not do nearly as well as a last-second Friday afternoon game. #sarcasm

        Look, I get that there was a lot going on with the team, but why do you insist on sticking your head in the sand pretending that loss of revenue didn’t have a big part to play in this decision?

      • randomdigits - Aug 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        Kevin, how about being the only owner to refuse to field a team of replacement players? Theoretically the rest of the league could have gone on without him.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        Was that principle, or being the only one to understand the product wouldn’t sell? Angelos has been a drag on this franchise for over a decade. I’m stunned Oriole fans are in here defending him.

  16. skipbooth - Aug 27, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Girardi needs to get a grip. There should be no question about why the Orioles did not want to do what this moron wanted to do. I can’t think of anyone in their right mind that would want to make things easier for the hated Yankees. These slime balls come into Baltimore acting like it their town and it isn’t and if the O’s can do anything to make the Yanks miserable I am all for it. By the way this one game could be prove pivotal in answering the questions as to who wins the divisions. Why would any do anything to help? They are for the most part arogant and don’t deserve any help/

  17. CrimsonTribe - Aug 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Tough nuggets Joe. Life ain’t fair sometimes. Trust me, I know. I’m an Orioles fan.

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