One thing for sure: Soriano doesn’t handle himself in defeat the way his predecessor did. Nobody was more accountable or classier when he did blow one than Rivera.
Soriano should have paid more attention.
Because after giving up the three-run home run to Colby Rasmus with two outs in the ninth that put the Blue Jays ahead — temporarily, before they won the game in the 11th — Soriano bolted the clubhouse.
He was gone before the Yankees’ PR people could even find him to ask if he would answer questions from the media.
And don’t get this wrong: it’s not a media issue, it’s an accountability issue. It’s about being a professional in a clubhouse that has oozed professionalism since the day Derek Jeter showed up some 16 years ago.
...No question about that. You can even make a case that Soriano has been the Yankees’ MVP this season, especially considering that he was replacing such a legend.
...And indeed, there was something about Soriano’s blown save that felt rather ominous — and it had nothing to do with his no-show in the clubhouse.
Rivera’s shadow looms large for a guy who’s never done it when it really matters.
Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:33 AM | 96 comment(s)
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