Saturday, October 7, 2017
Given a night of restless sleep — and after perhaps letting an excoriation from the news media (including from commentators on the YES Network, which is partly owned by the Yankees) sink in — Girardi ventured to the Bronx on Saturday, disassembled his standard defensive armor and offered up something unusual: a mea culpa.
“I screwed up,” he said.
“In hindsight, yeah,” he added. “I wish I would have challenged it.”
“Again, I screwed up,” he went on. “And it’s hard. It’s a hard day for me.”
In his decade as manager of the Yankees, Girardi has probably offered fewer such apologies than the number of pitching changes he made on Friday night. Typically, questions to him that call for self-reflection are dealt with dismissively. On Saturday, he responded with something approaching humility.
Yeah Joe, you really did screw up. Frankly, this is arguably bad enough to justify not bringing Girardi back as manager next year. I suppose that could change if the Yankees somehow do the unthinkable and come back to win this series. But let’s put this into perspective. If the Yankees had won last night, they’d have been around 49% to advance to the ALCS. With yesterday’s loss, their odds sit around 12%.
It wasn’t Girardi’s only mistake last night, but it was the biggest one, and it probably ended the Yankees’ season.
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