Monday, April 12, 2010
Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Was Girardi really going to pull Sabathia on the verge of a no-hitter? Girardi has been preaching a team-first philosophy since last year, emphasizing that the Yankees are not about individual accomplishments. It obviously is a moot point after what happened in the game, but Girardi's insistence that Sabathia was not going to face another batter after Shoppach in order to protect Sabathia for the long haul is completely in line with Girardi's team-first emphasis. It may have made for bad press for a couple days, but Girardi's right that if we then lost Sabathia for a month or so because he let him throw 130 pitches in the second start of the season, we'd all hate Girardi for not showing more sense. It's a bit of a tough pill to swallow, but you're either about championships first or you're not. The Yankees, and Girardi, are.