This story has become so all encompassing today, I thought it would be best to let each of our writers weigh in with their own unique take on the topic. Part of the idea behind assembling a blog is getting a diverse group of writers, each with their own point of view and writing style. Since I already weighed in this morning, my contribution addresses a breaking news item from this afternoon. To our readers, feel free to add your own thoughts and reactions in the comment section below.
Larry Koestler-The whole thing is so ridiculous I have a hard time taking it seriously, as evidenced by my Twitter feed last night. Bottom line, Jorge’s been a black hole at the plate, and if Girardi felt Posada best served the lineup hitting 9th, then Posada should’ve sucked it up, put his head down and played some damn baseball. To paraphrase @Cephster, to say he felt ‘disrespected’ by the same organization that has payed him over $100 million in his career is insane. Derek and Jorge seem to be living in this fantasy world where they should continue to get paid like kings and occupy prime lineup slots based on past performance, which is the height of selfishness given how little they’ve contributed to the team this season.
Matt Imbrogno-I was at the game last night with my girlfriend and all the details we got were delayed and a bit jumbled, so we weren’t quite sure what to think. We listened to Jorge’s post-game comments during the drive home and were a bit puzzled by the things Jorge was saying. We thought, “Well, if he had a tight back, why didn’t he just say that to begin with? I’m sure Girardi and Cashman would’ve been fine with that.” The whole thing is just…odd. I can understand Jorge being upset, but I don’t think he handled it all that well. The quicker this can be cleaned up, in any way possible, the better.
William J.-It’s easy to see that both Girardi and Posada made some mistakes, but none were serious enough to warrant condemnation. Unfortunately, however, the same can not be said about that role played by Brian Cashman. For some reason, the Yankees’ general manager felt the need to go on live national television to extend the life of the story by implying that his catcher was insubordinate. Not only did the tone of Cashman’s comments leave that impression, but the follow-up reports about the Yankees seeking a fiscal remedy also served to further that implication. Had Cashman simply decided to keep quiet, the entire episode could have quickly been defused after the game.
Moshe Mandel-Honestly, I can’t get too worked up about any of this. Jorge is playing poorly and deserved to be dropped in the order, as did Nick Swisher. All Joe Girardi did was move Swisher and Jorge below Martin and Gardner, as a unit, but it may have been advisable to engage Jorge in a discussion about the issue before making any changes. Jorge reacted poorly, but that’s what human beings are wont to do when put in an unfamiliar position that suggests a diminishment of their skills. Brian Cashman probably should have deferred comment until after the game, but what he said was accurate and fairly innocuous, so I have a hard time totally killing him either. Basically, I think all three players in this drama need to get in a room, clear the air, and get on the same page in the media as to how they are going to address this issue. Hopefully, they can all put their egos aside for a second for the good of the club and find a way to put this little incident behind them
Steve S.-Sweeney Murti is now saying he believes Posada’s back really was hurt. He said Jorge saw a chiropractor during the game, and it was just a failure to communicate between two men in Girardi/Posada who don’t get along that well. And no, I don’t believe it for one minute. Brian spoke directly to Jorge before going to the media, and the manager reiterated the same story on the post game when there would have been time for the GM and manager to get their stories straight. Even if Jorge’s back injury was true, that doesn’t change the fact that Jorge decided not to play, which is not his call. That being said, I understand why the Yanks will try to sell this. It doesn’t serve Cashman or the Yanks to air their dirty laundry this way. If anything, it limits their options with Jorge down the road. Also, when this all went down yesterday Cashman reportedly called Jorge’s agent, who would have explained the ramifications of his actions to Jorge. Telling him to say “My back hurts” and get treatment would be the advice I’d give if I was his agent. It protects his contract, and the Yanks will play along to enhance his trade value. That’s how they would have done it had the whole thing not been thrown in their laps an hour before game time.
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