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Joe Girardi had a heated exchange with a reporter after Saturday night’s loss to the O’s

Sep 9, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

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Here’s the basic summary, courtesy of

Manager Joe Girardi engaged in a brief shouting match with columnist Joel Sherman of the New York Post in the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards, and the pair were separated by team personnel.

Girardi conducted his postgame press conference with reporters in a noisy hallway outside the clubhouse and was irked at having to answer repeated questions about CC Sabathia‘s health, saying at one point, “I’m not lying. One time is sufficient.”

The spat between Girardi and Sherman continued into the manager’s office, where players overheard the exchange before Sherman exited and the door slammed shut behind him.

ESPN’s Andrew Marchand adds that the two were nose-to-nose at one point in the manager’s office.

Girardi’s frustration stemmed primarily from a blown call at first base that ended the game and stripped the Yankees of what would have been the tying run. This is all sounds like heat-of-the-moment stuff — the kind of thing that can happen in any ultra-competitive environment — but it’s sure to feed a range of narratives in New York. “Has Girardi lost his cool?” “Are the Yankees already panicking?” “Is this a sinking ship?”

The Bombers enter play Sunday in a tie with the Orioles for first place in the American League East.

  1. mybrunoblog - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Sherman has covered the Yankees and NY baseball for over 20 years. He and Girardi know each other well. Silva is absolutely right. Just heat of the moment frustration. Sherman can be a bit of a Pita like all reporters from time to time. They’ll see each other at the ballpark today and it will be a non issue.

    • Old Gator - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Pita??????? Too bad this wasn’t Twitter – no extra u’s laying around, eh?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        Pain In The Ass = pita

      • sabatimus - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Replacing the i with a u would be funnier.

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Girardi has always struck me as a good manager from the front. He’s far too testy when challenged.

    • bigharold - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      He had already answered the same question twice in less than 5 minutes. Asking it a third time is either implying Girardi is lying or incompetence.

      As a Yankee fan I think Girardi isn’t enough of a hot head.

  3. watermelon1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    It was a bad call, but the home plate umpire seemed so one-sided that I say it was about time the O’s
    Caught a break.

    It seemed like the yankees pitchers were getting strikes well above the waist numerous times just because markakis questioned a call in the first inning.

    • doctorfootball - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      There were plenty of strike calls in Joe Saunders favor that were well outside the strike zone. That ump had a huge strike zone. If the ball was a foot and a half off the plate he considered it a strike. It was not one sided in the least. Texeira was safe at first, but the Yankees had plenty of chances to win that game. Bad calls are an unfortunate part of the game that every team has to deal with.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      It seemed like the yankees pitchers were getting strikes well above the waist numerous times just because markakis questioned a call in the first inning.

      Normalized strike zone plot from last nights game, I honestly can’t see any favoritism either way. Let alone enough to justify that horrible call at first base.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        He was clearly safe at first…no doubt about that. There is something that needs to be mentioned though, why was he diving into first like that? If he runs straight through, he is called safe. In my opinion, diving like that is a slower way to get to the bag and makes it a more difficult call for the ump. So, I contend that the call was wrong but that Tex didn’t help the cause by his actions and deserves some of the blame.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        From what I’ve read, he reinjured himself in the game and sliding was, according to him, a safer way to go into the bag.

  4. bigleagues - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Mike Francessa is officially appointment radio come Monday.

    For those who are unfamiliar, he’s a HUGE Yankees fan and he’s been known to blow a few gaskets in moments like these.

    • hojo20 - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      He mentioned the call twice in the first 3 minutes of his NFL show this morning.

      • dondada10 - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Yeah, and this time he actually gives a shit unlike his Mets rant two weeks ago.

        Somewhere, Chris Russo is loving this: Giants with a lead out West and the Yanks floundering.

      • bigleagues - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        That somewhere is Mon-Fri 2-7 PM EDT on SXM. And I can’t wait for that either.

        Basically, the pennant races are the only time of year I get fired up to listen to either of them anymore.

        It’s way too much fun anticipating that inevitable one dumb caller that sends them over them deep end.

      • bigleagues - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        hojo: totally forgot to tune into that this morning . . . he’s been known to virtually ditch the NFL talk when he’s gets worked about the Yanks.

    • yankeefan1950 - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      emphasis on HUGE

  5. edgarallan926 - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Biased but bad calls happen everyday. Friday night a ball hopped between Swisher’s legs and they gave him first base. That directly led to the homer that put the Yanks up for good.

    Did the O’s lose because of that? No. Did the Yanks lose because of the call last night? No. They lost because CC gave up 3 more homers and the Yankees went 1 for 9 with RISP, let’s try to have some perspective people.

    • Old Gator - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      The Borg was flummoxed once again by the genius of Peter Angelos, who tazed the umpire in the halllway, put on his uniform, and made the call himself.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Did the Yanks lose because of the call last night? No

      Actually they did lose because of that call. If the call was right, game continues. However, the call was wrong and theylost the game because of it. Other things could have happened throughout the game that would have prevented it, but A, that’s besides the point, and B, doesn’t affect the egregious call at first.

      • edgarallan926 - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        So they would have most assuredly won had the call been correct?? Absolutely not considering that the Orioles have the best record in extra innings in MLB. So the call is not why they lost but only how the game ended. Don’t be shortsighted and think that they ‘lost’ because of that, the game would have just continued on.

        There are 27 outs in baseball, that was one. Maybe had they been able to get the ball out of the infield while having the bases loaded with no out they wouldnt have had to worry about the call at first.

        I’m sorry but Yankee apologists are just the worst kind of people. They have been getting the benefit of calls for years and one goes against them and the world is ending. Jeffrey Maier is really all that I need to say in a situation like this. At least the call last night didn’t directly result in ending the Yankees season.

      • bronxbomber213 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        @edgarallen you can say oh it’s just how the game ended and give all ur
        spin but the bottom line is they did lose because of that call…not sayin they would have won but it’s 5-5 with arod up the at bat after he just turned a 96 mph fastball around and put it in the bullpens against a clearly ineffective JJ!! that call weather it was made in the first or 9th inning still cost them a run and a game In the standings…I mean have u seen the shot?!? it’s not even close!!! I really dont see how u can say they didn’t lose because of the call when the direct result of the call was, instead of a tie game in the 9th, a Yankees loss?!?

        Hell by ur thinking jim Joyce isnt the reason Galaraga doesn’t have a perfect game that’s just how that play happend to pan out and he didn’t get it because he should have been at the bag sooner of some
        dumbass explanation like that…ur a clown if u use that logic!! either way umps should be fined or suspended for calls like maier last night and Jim Joyce because games mean too much to be blatantly sodomizing one squad with the calls they make

      • edgarallan926 - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        @bronxbomber you are 100 % missing my whole point. If you want to say singularly that the call cost the Yanks a run, then fine. But you cannot say that one play is WHY they lost the entire game. Again, they went 1 for 9 with RISP. That in of itself is why they were down 2 going into the last inning. They lost because they happened to have less runs then the O’s at the time of the bad call. If they were up 6-5 and the call happened in the top of the 9th and the O’s won 7-6 in the 9th would this be as big of a deal, probably not.

        By my logic, Jim Joyce’s call was a singular play that caused a break in the successive 27 outs that Galarraga had recorded. Convincingly, you can say that the call cost him a perfect game but you can’t say that the blown call is the singular reason why the Yankees lost the game. By your “clown” logic, you’re assuming that the Yankees would have definitely won the game had the call been correct.

        And I hate doing this in this type of informal setting, but if you’re going to insult me please understand the huge difference between weather and whether

      • bigharold - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        “But you cannot say that one play is WHY they lost the entire game.”

        Since the game ended on that clearly blown call you absolutely can say that call cost them the game. It ended the game! Are you dense or just stubborn?

        It’s irreverent whether the Yankees would have eventually went ahead or the O’s would have answered back and gone ahead thereby eventually winning. The game was still in progress so there had yet to be a defining event until a bad call ended the game, so there can be no further discussion as to what might be. The call ending the game WAS the defining play.

      • bronxbomber213 - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        no edgarallen u idiot I never said they would have def won the game i actually see that i stared that i wasnt sayin that they wouldve won! but they would have had a chance to at least has another batter and half inning…ur argument is terrible!! yes I say that call cost them a run on the last out of a game in which thy lost by one so therefore the direct result of that call, which prevented that run from scoring, was a Yankees loss. if the yanks had been up and lost 7-6 people would still be furious and the ump should still be fined or suspended!!

        “there are 27 outs that was just one” is it ur propostition then that every out doesnt matter and you can give them away?!? a blown call in the 1st or 9th has a direct result on the outcome of the game most of the time! you cannot give free outs either by errors or blown calls!! my question to you is if that call would have decided game 7 of the ALCS would u argue that the series was not decided on that call?!?

      • drewsylvania - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

        Reinforcing the stereotype of dumb Yankee fans…

  6. ptfu - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Joe Girardi (deservedly) told off his team’s owner when he was in Florida. Yelling at a reporter is nothing.

    • sabatimus - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Especially when a reporter insists on being a dick. Because that’s what happened here, and as much as I hate the Yankees Girardi asserted himself effectively. After the presser, the manager’s office was a much more appropriate place to have a heated argument. I have no problem with anything Girardi said or did here.

  7. vallewho - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Girardi should have punched him after this:

    “Joe, you make big money as Yankee manager, it’s part of the job,”

    • sabatimus - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Somebody call Bobby V.

  8. shockgee - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Oh wah wah wah. Once again you cannot do any harm to the Yankees or they’ll cry… Talk about ‘sense of entitlement’. Face it, you guys collapsed, maybe not as similar as the Sox did last year, but you collapsed and you have no one to blame but yourselves. Tex, be a man, not a whiny punk. ‘They wanted the game to end? ‘ come on. Typical Yankee behavior. And Girardi, well what is new? They don’t take losing very well. All in all, I’m loving it. Proving that money can’t buy you team chemistry.

    • mazblast - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      While I agree about the Yankees’ sense of entitlement, there’s a problem with your post. Just as I get annoyed with people bringing up the Yankees when the subject doesn’t involve them (such as the whole Bobby V fiasco), there’s no reason to bring up the Red Sox in a thread about the Yankees.

      The Sox are done, have been done for some time, and are not relevant to a discussion about the Yankees.

      As for the exchange between Girardi and Sherman, I think it would have been great if Girardi’s office door had opened and Sherman had been laying there in a bloody heap. Some reporters cross the line with their endless repetition of the same loaded questions.

  9. inthearex - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    That ball didn’t skip between his legs, it hit him right on his back foot. Plain and simple you can’t blow a call of that magnitude in that spot. These guys are paid professionals and they deserve the criticism like the players do.

    • mazblast - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      One Waaaaaaahhhhburger, cooked medium, because with Yankee fans, it’s neither rare nor well done.

    • edgarallan926 - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      So plain and simple that they replayed a HBP on both Baseball Tonight and Sportscenter and showed multiple replay angles of it. Get real.

  10. thatyankeedude - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    When a man is mad its respectful to allow him some time to cool off. I like Girardi showing some emotion it shows that he isn’t content with being tied for first which really is the way the Yankees have been playing. I don’t see too much emotion from any of them or they are not acting angry. You have to play the game with a little edge. Did you guys see how happy the Os were after the game? I think the Yankees should play with that type of enthusiasm and emotion.

    • mazblast - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      The Yankee way is to be “too cool to show emotion until we clinch the World Series”, “act like you’ve been there before”, etc. In their defense, though, if they show emotion, the media will be on them for expending their energy on celebration, not “saving it” for the inevitable playoffs; and if they don’t celebrate, the media will be on them for “being too cool to care”, “not caring”, etc., etc., etc., blah blah blah.

    • sabatimus - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      The media don’t want players, managers, or other interviewees to cool off–they want the blow up, the story, the angle, and most of them simply don’t care how they get it.

  11. willclarkgameface - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    The New York Post is garbage.

    The Yankees are playing miserable baseball right now.

    If I were Joe, I too would be pretty pissed.

    This is a blog story (aka non-story).


  12. jrocknstuff - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    As a die hard Orioles fan to me it’s pretty plain and simple: the call was brutal, Girardi had every right to be pissed and did nothing wrong, this thing with Sherman is a non-story and we are now 5% made up for Jeffrey Mayer! 😉

    • rarson - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      “and we are now 5% made up for Jeffrey Mayer!”

      No we are not.

  13. scotttheskeptic - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Beat reporter or not, what is a journalist doing nose-to-nose with his subject? Be a reporter, cultivate other sources, but don’t commit journalistic malfeasance.

    • sabatimus - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      I may have missed something, but whose idea was it to have that impromptu conference in the manager’s office? Besides, it takes far less than that to commit journalistic malfeasance–which happens daily at the very least.

  14. ddmcd1974 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    He was NOT safe. He must touch the bag not glide over it. Absolutely he beat the throw but he didn’t touch the bag. He has never slid into 1st before and it showed. Next time Tex needs to touch with his Hand while gliding over the bag. Watch it close from the 2nd base angle or right field angle and you will see.

  15. moagecu - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    aww, a call went against the yankees? oh no, the world must be ending

  16. jon623 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    By no means am I a Yank’s fan, but I’m absolutely a fan of fair baseball, and that call was bull. Wow.

    I said it a couple months ago – somebody put together a compilation video of this season’s blown calls and send it to Bud Light. But, please wait until the season is over. I have a feeling the best is yet to come in the playoffs.

  17. jrocknstuff - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM


    True, maybe half a percent.

    Either way this is just another blatant case for replay no matter which team we back. The games are only going to continue to mean more and the current system they have in place for the playoffs is still pathetic. It’s like the World Cup not having goal line technology.

  18. retief1954 - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Man, NYY fans… a little adversity, and these guys start to fold up like a cheap suitcase. Not what I expected from NYY. Whining, complaining, arguing… and no one’s afraid of them anymore. Looks like they’re not long for the postseason.

  19. jolink653 - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    I don’t blame him for getting upset at all…The Yankees had just gotten screwed in a big game on a play where Teixeira was clearly CLEARLY safe at first which would have tied the game and now you have some stupid reporter hounding Girardi with the same question three times? What, you think his answer is going to change when you ask it the second, then the third time? If he tells you CC isn’t hurt, then I’m gonna take a guess and say that’s what he believes and nothing will change his opinion in the two seconds you gave him before asking it again

  20. philliephaninva - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    sounds like Sherman needs a punch in the nose.

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