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Friday, October 26, 2012

Girardi made special press-level call to spare A-Rod’s feelings

Thankfully Bob Sheppard is still around doing part time PA work…

Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a special call to the public address announcer on the press level during a Yankees playoff game to request that Alex Rodriguez not be named when Girardi pinch-hit Eric Chavez for A-Rod, people familiar with the situation said.

So when Chavez went in for A-Rod, only Chavez’s name was announced, not A-Rod’s. Typically the announcement contains the names of both the player who is pinch hitting and the person who is being pinch-hit for.

The call by Girardi from the dugout did occur, confirmed general manager Brian Cashman.

Cashman said he believes it showed the lengths to which Girardi went to protect A-Rod’s feelings. Such a call is very unusual.

Rodriguez was pinch-hit for and benched multiple times during a postseason in which he went 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts vs. right-handed pitchers. Overall he was 3 for 25.

Cashman said he didn’t believe the decision to protect A-Rod was the brainchild of Chad Bohling, the club’s influential director of mental conditioning, but rather was Girardi’s idea. Bohling, who came to the Yankees late in Joe Torre’s tenure, is extremely well-regarded within the organization, Cashman said.

Repoz Posted: October 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CONservative governMENt! Posted: October 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM (#4284737)
Not sure what to think of this.
   2. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM (#4284739)
Not sure what to think of this.
It's a thing that happened. It doesn't require us to think anything of it. It just is.
   3. dr. scott Posted: October 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM (#4284740)
I love the last Paragraph of the excerpt. It implies it was not Bohlings idea because he's smart, so must have been Giradis.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM (#4284742)
Girardi also went to each concession stand and had a black cloth draped over all the choking posters. And he had the line "if they don't win, it's a shame" removed from the 7th inning stretch so it wouldn't play havoc with anyone's confidence.
   5. BochysFingers Posted: October 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4284745)
It's the Yankees. We're obligated to read about and have an opinion.
   6. Moose Mash Posted: October 27, 2012 at 01:03 AM (#4284765)
Enough already.
   7. puck Posted: October 27, 2012 at 01:25 AM (#4284774)
"Director of Mental Conditioning"? Don't trust that guy with Duke Leto.
   8. Gamingboy Posted: October 27, 2012 at 01:33 AM (#4284778)
He didn't want to hurt little A-rod's feelings... daaaaawwww
   9. Voodoo... Posted: October 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM (#4284784)
Girardi is seems like an attention whore, which I suppose is par for the course for a NYY manager, but still...
   10. Benji Posted: October 27, 2012 at 02:13 AM (#4284790)
I don't see what's wrong with this. If you're following the game you know who's spot is up. And it is humiliating to be hit for when you've had ARod's career.
   11. Sunday silence Posted: October 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM (#4284795)
I think its a nice gesture but it makes you wonder how much attention GIrardi is paying to the play by play of the game. Or do they have bench coaches just for that reason? I just assumed Girardi was more of a tactical manager being an ex catcher and all, but this might suggest that his job is more about personnel manager...I dunno.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: October 27, 2012 at 03:04 AM (#4284797)
Is Director of Mental Conditioning a joke that I didn't get?
   13. Belfry Bob Posted: October 27, 2012 at 08:50 AM (#4284817)
'All right, you maggots...drop and give me twenty positive thoughts!"
   14. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 27, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4284824)
It's a shame the beat writers haven't made a bigger deal of the director of mental conditioning and his role on the team. If there's a person in the organization who clearly helped less (I mean during the postseason almost every Yankee hitter's mind was the mental equivalent of a Biggest Loser contestant's sagging boobies), then I don't know who it is. The NY Post should be running front and back page stories calling for Bohling's firing. This is total horsehit.
   15. The District Attorney Posted: October 27, 2012 at 09:33 AM (#4284832)
"Mental conditioning" sounds like something you'd wear a tinfoil hat to avoid.
   16. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4284873)
the director of...what?
   17. Scientist guy Posted: October 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM (#4284910)
Sounds like someone is worried about the perceptions regarding how the entire AROD mess was handled and is doing what can be done to CYA and/or to repair things going forward...
   18. eric Posted: October 27, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4284947)!search/profile/person?personId=10537085&targetid=profile
   19. puck Posted: October 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4284997)
Hmm, he was also the Director of Optimal Performance. You'd think that would be Girardi.
   20. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM (#4285016)
2012 Yankees Director of Optimal Performance

At least when Obama used the word "optimal," there were only four corpses.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM (#4285022)
Can't blame him. I wouldn't want to get stomped by those hooves.
   22. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: October 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM (#4285580)
Wow! Director of Mental Conditioning is a real, actual thing. The Yankees saga just gets curiouser and curiouser.

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