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Heyman: Joe Girardi tried to spare A-Rod’s feelings in playoffs

Oct 26, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez, Joe Girardi AP

Sources told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that Yankees manager Joe Girardi had a special request for the Yankee Stadium PA announcer when he removed Alex Rodriguez from postseason games: he had Rodriguez’s name omitted from the switch.

Rodriguez was pulled for a pinch-hitter three times in his six postseason starts. Raul Ibanez, of course, homered in his place in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles. Eric Chavez hit for him in Game 4 of that series and in Game 1 of the ALCS versus the Tigers.

All of those games were at home, so Girardi could dictate the PA’s announcement. When A-Rod was removed in favor of Ibanez, his name was announced, as is typical. His name was left out of the pinch-hitting announcement the two times afterwards.

GM Brian Cashman confirmed to Heyman that Girardi made the call in order to protect A-Rod’s feelings. Which is really pretty nice of him. It also illustrates how ridiculous the rumors were that the Yankees were trying to humiliate Rodriguez because they wanted him two waive his no-trade clause.

  1. thomas2727 - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    You have to be kidding me!

    Girardi needs to worry more about winning games and less about protecting the hurt feelings of an overpaid diva.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      A good manager should try to do both. The two goals are not mutually exclusive.

    • dickclydesdale - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Poor Alex….He has 500 million in career earnings, by far the richest athlete ever & still needs to be babied. I’m surprised Girardi did not give him a pacifier to suck on in the dugout. I guess not announcing his name spared Girardi from using baby powder on A-rods chapped ass.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      I’m not going to waive Matthew Pouliot’s sloppy English and NBC Sports saving money on a copy reader. So many times, the terrible use of English has been demonstrated by the sports writers that they should go back to school and learn the fundamentals of writing. Matthew Pouliot wrote: “wanted him two waive his no-trade clause.” Mattew Pouliot!!!!!!!!!!!! It should be to not two! Are you too ignorant to know the difference or are you too lazy to reread what you write and use the correct word in that sequence.
      How can the readers take what you write seriously, if you deny the readers proper English in you writings?

      • zzalapski - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:16 AM

        1. It should be “Matthew”, not “Mattew”.
        2. There should be a question mark at the end of “sequence”.
        3. It should be “your writings”, not “you writings”.

        Geez, how do they let you get on a computer with that kind of shitty writing?

        What’s that? You think I’m being an officious linguistic nitpicker? Well, now you know how the flip side feels.

        Get off your high horse before you hurt yourself.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        PJ: From this point forward I am going to try to always address you as “Mrs. Reynolds.”
        She was my Freshman English teacher. Incredibly annoying…but a damn fine teacher.
        She was infamous for routinely stating “Freshmen!” The lady absolutely hated Freshmen.
        Yet…she was a Freshmen English teacher.
        If you hate Pouliot’s articles, writing style, use of English, etc…
        perhaps you would be better served by simply choosing not to read them.

      • onehokiefan - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        Wow, I had a Ms Reynolds for Senior English Comp in HS, she was hot ! She also was the typing teacher and would bend over your shoulder to show you……..and her t****……well you get my meaning, right ? Whew im sweatin thinkin back bout dem days…

        HELLO !!

        sorry…….I believe Girardi should manage the Yankees and let someone else (is Zim available?) be A-Rod’s nursemaid.

  2. kelshannon19 - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Is this Katy National Little League?

  3. thehypercritic - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Would much prefer reportage on apparent brain damage Girardi suffered which erased all memory of the world before September, 2012 and led to his actively harming the Yankees’ chance of victory at every turn.

  4. pinkfloydprism - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Hmm… I wonder why the Yankees lost that series?

    • paul621 - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      Not because of anything in this article, that’s for sure.

  5. chucklewis13 - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Girardi needs to get his act together. The Yanks are too dam protective of A-Fraud. Any person who is an astute baseball fan knew what was going on when he didn’t bat. You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

    I am surprised that when A -Fraud admitted using steriods the Yankees didn’t put out a press release that read something like this: “It is with regret that the Yankees have to announce that A-Rod has indeed admitted using steriods to enhance his on the field performance. However, we have had a ‘come to Jesus” discussion with A-Rod and he has assured us that at no time did intentionally seek to gain a competitive advantage over his colleagues. Therefore, with heavy hearts the Yankees accept his explanation and reasoning. There is nothing else to see here so we have decided to move on. I am certain that the baseball world concurs with our handling of the sensitivity of this matter.”

    • badintent - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      You Boston Fans have way too much time on your hands to type all this dribble out ! Just read and watch Bobby Valentine”do as I say “…………….

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Good thing they didn’t follow your shitty advice. Had the Yankees cut A-Rod loose in February 2009, they almost certainly don’t win the World Series in early November.

      • daisycutter1 - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        At least that’s what I thought chucklewis13 was saying. Re-reading that post, I’m not sure anymore what he was getting at.

    • onehokiefan - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      you mean Bobby V I’m infected again ??

  6. Glenn - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I doubt the announcements took anything away from Girardi’s managing. How much time and effort do you think doing such a thing takes?

  7. natsattack - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Wrong “two.”

    • protius - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      Wrong “two”, what? Who are you responding to?

  8. pisano - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    What the Yankees ought to do is start worrying about their fans feelings, meaning the fans are going to have to watch Arod keep fading in production for the next five years, unless they can find someone to take him off their hands.

  9. indaburg - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    How exactly does not announcing A-rod’s name spare his feelings? Were we not supposed to notice?

    • historiophiliac - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      Hey, #27, #13…what’s the difference? They don’t have their names on their backs. Who can tell, right?

      • indaburg - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Well, real uniforms only have numbers on their backs. 😉

  10. whatthehellisansky - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    the funniest part about this is that all your bitching is based solely on the fact that he makes 30m/yr.

    take a big step back- is the guy still an above avg 3rd baseman? – Yes

    is he a team player who said all the right things when he was replaced in the playoffs? yes

    did he have a bad playoff showing this yr- along with swisher, cano, granderson, chavez, martin, etc- Yes

    do you honestly think he was TRYING to strike out all those times in the playoffs? -No

    do we win a world series in 2009 without this guy (who had 18 rbi in that postseason, including some clutch 9th inning home runs?) -My opinion says No

    what is wrong with you people? if he was makin 10m/yr you wouldnt be saying a damn thing.

    im a yankee fan and im obviously not happy with our playoff performance- but what should cashman do to satisfy you? get headley ( is chase headley an obvious upgrade over arod? no.) do you expect us to pull off a trade for miggy to play 3rd next year- that seems to be the only way that you would be satisfied.

    how would you like it if the next time you had a bad few weeks at work the whole world called for your head? wake up. shut up. stick with the guy and set you sights on how we fill right field next year.

    • protius - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:08 AM

      Bravo. Well said.

  11. theman1932 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Girardi should be fired. The playoffs were all about his ego. He pulled A Rod once and it worked so he kept doing it. It’s not like A Rod was the only one struggling. I’m not even an A Rod fan but I feel bad that the dude went through what he did because his manager is an egomaniac.

    • protius - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      You are completely clueless.

  12. jeteribarelyknowher - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    “Poor Alex….He has 500 million in career earnings, by far the richest athlete ever…”

    Actually Tiger Woods is up over $900 million and Michael Schumacher made $823 million, so…yeah, that’s that.

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