From Bob Klapisch:
But there’s more to managing than simply bodysurfing a winning streak. Girardi looked crisp and in control when the Yankees were mauling the AL a month ago, launching all those crazy comebacks. But now they’re struggling — the Red Sox’ domination of the Bombers is nothing short of humiliating — and Girardi’s confidence has turned to a square-jawed form of desperation.
That’s why A-Rod played every day until he couldn’t bring his bat through the strike zone anymore — and, as he’s hinted, his hip is so stiff. It’s the reason why no one comes to Sabathia’s rescue in the seventh or eighth innings.
It’s because Girardi knows his managerial career will be over if he gets fired by the Yankees. The team is feeling the angst over ticket sales — they failed to sell out the Subway Series and are urgently reminding fans that seats are available for the Red Sox series in August.
I have to strongly disagree with Bob here. Girardi has not changed his managing one bit since the team started losing. He has leaned on CC during good times and bad, and the same can be said about A-Rod. He has said from the start that he would be willing to use Mariano for 4 outs, and did so against the Mets because it was the right tactical move. If anything, the critique on Joe in the past is that sometimes he is too concerned with resting players and usage than winning the game at hand, a criticism that I do not suscribe to. There is no desperation in Joe’s managing, although it would make for a more compelling story if there was.
What do you think? Do you see Joe as acting out of desperation? Have you noticed any changes in his style lately?
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