So, it looks as if Joe Girardi is going to be the manager up in the Bronx.
As I mentioned a week or so ago, this makes it all the more interesting from our point of view here in Baltimore. Assuming Girardi and the Yankees come to an agreement --and wouldn't that be a fine mess if they didn't, considering the Don Mattingly bridge has been blown to smithereens -- when the Bombers come to town, the guy in the dugout will be the fellow who stiff-armed the Orioles this past summer, mumbling something about family considerations.
Sort of embarrassed the Baltimore organization and new team president Andy MacPhail, didn't he? Dissed the fans here in Charm City a bit, dontcha think? Kind of sets up an intriguing little morality play, what say? And why am I beginning to sound like Stewie Griffin on the Family Guy?
Anyway, here's what this really tells us. The Yankees, despite their claims that they wanted Joe Torre back, were doing exactly what we said they were doing all along -- making Torre an offer he couldn't possibly accept because, bottom-line, Steinbrenner & Sons believe that the team needs a big ol' cleat in the rump. And Torre was too much of a "player's manager," in their opinion. And Mattingly, considered a Torre clone, had the same fatal flaw, again from management's POV. So what we have here is a premeditated personality make-over going on up there in the Bronx and any characterization to the contrary by Yankee management is utterly disingenuous.
One more thing.
Did you catch that hissy-fit that King George threw when A-Rod walked away from the $72 million to tear up his Yankee contract? Steinbrenner basically accused him of treason and Steinbrenner's son has said the Yankees wouldn't negotiate with free-agent Alex Rodriguez because if you don't want to wear the Yankee pinstripes proudly then yada-yada-yada.
So where was that vaunted Yankee loyalty when it came time to hire a manager and they cut loose Mr. Yankee, Don Mattingly? Seems that loyalty business is a one-way street up there in New York, n'est pas?
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