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Great Moments in New York media

Jul 10, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

After yesterday’s game Joe Girardi gave some quotes that seem to quite rationally, reasonably and diplomatically assess the Yankees offense.  Specifically: Girard was asked if the Yankees need to go out and get more bats. He noted that the Yankees offense was bad now but that him, in the clubhouse, saying “yes, we need better hitters” would necessarily be insulting his current team and he didn’t want to do that. Then he said that he’s confident the hitters he has can get the job done.

Pretty standard stuff, yes? Not if you read ESPN New York. The headline:


That’s “bristling?” I’d hate to see “testiness” or “grumpiness.”

In other news, the fact that Girardi has had as much success as he’s had in New York without ever really getting into a big P.R. problem or actually losing his cool may be the most underrated thing about him. Most of us dealing with that nonsense would’ve gone full-on Bobby Valentine years ago.

  1. lazlosother - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    It’s Wallace Mathews. Noting he wrote something dumb is like noting that Forrest Gump failed physics again.

  2. hushbrother - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    To be fair to Wallace Matthews, he probably didn’t write the headline. That was surely the work of some dickhead editor. And it could be that Matthews’ columns are actually quite even handed in their original incarnations, but get tabloidized at the behest of this same dickhead editor.

    • chip56 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Correct – From the same ESPN editorial board that brought us “A Chink in the Armor” when the Jeremy Lin-led Knicks lost a close game.

    • jbriggs81 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      While Wally Mathews probably didn’t actual write that headline, and may have been edited to make the story more tabloidized, he is still responsible for it. As far as I am concerned, if he puts his name on it… he owns it!

      • raleighdevil - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        A writer creates the story. The headline writer supplies the headline. The writer is not like to be the boss of the headline writer. What part of that don’t you seem to grasp?

  3. historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Wow, that’s amazingly similar to the “outrage” over the cross on the mound in StL. 😉

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      There was at least some outrage – David Brown at Yahoo lost his mind over it on Twitter for about 2 days.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        I meant Girardi.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Billy Martin, he is not.

  5. alexo0 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Answer: Rational, reasonable, diplomatic.

    Question: What are three words that will never accurately describe the New York media.

  6. chip56 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Wait, so what you’re saying is that media members might skew stories or inflame angles in an attempt to drive traffic to their sites and/or sell newspapers? I’m shocked. Shocked I say.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    “Hafner sucks at hitting, and that is all he is here to do. Ichiro is old, Overbay was never very good, half the team this year is made of guys other teams threw away. They all kind of suck, but that’s all we’ve got.”

    -Girardi said never

  8. cackalackyank - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Yeah, its great how Joe is a company man. I am old enough to remember when it didn’t matter if you were a company man. A Yankee mgr gets canned sooner or later. In this case it really isn’t Joe’s fault. He didn’t make the bad trades, and give out the bad contracts that hang around this franchises neck like an anchor. HIs only contribution to the mess really is the “hitting” coach. While I don’t like K-Long, it wouldn’t matter right now if he was the greatest hitting coach ever. With the exception of Gardner and Cano he really has nothing to work with. Leave it to the media to sell us a dog that won’t hunt.

  9. bigmeechy74 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    How is this team 6 games over .500? It’s honestly the worst lineup I’ve ever seen. They have the worst SS, 3B, C, and DH in the majors. They have 1 great player, 1 pretty good player, 1 old but decent player, and a whole lot of crap. It’s so annoying. If these exact guys switched uniforms with a team like seattle or kansas city, they would be 20 games under .500. I REALLY hate the Yankees.

    • paperlions - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Obviously, they lead the league in tWtW

    • Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      You do know that pitching and defense also factor into a team’s outcome, right?

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Ok. They have CC sabathia, a 38 year old guy, a 41 year old guy, and freaking david phelps and Phil Hughes as their pitching staff. Is that supposed to be impresive? Also, their defense isn’t that great. But even if it was I wouldn’t really care. Defense isn’t near as important as hitting and pitching.

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