) Everyone is an expert after the fact. Why was Bill Buckner in the game Coach Levy should have never tried for the field goal, didn’t he know Norwood would kick it wide If I were Lincoln, I never would have went to the Theater.I observed my facebook wall frequently throughout the Yankee game catching posts by Yankee fans 1st inning A.J Burnett gives up 4 runs. “Girardi needs to get the bullpen going” and “pull Burnett” 8 people “like” this. Turns out Girardi made the right call leaving Burnett in who pitched spectacular after the 1st inning. That does two things for the manager, it keeps the Yankees in the game and it builds the confidence of A.J.
Burnett for future games.The 7th inning, finally the Yankees hitting came alive scoring 6 runs in one inning. Girardi did the right thing in going to the hot Burnett, none of the facebook armchair managers complained about that move until after the fact. Two runners on, facebook managers strike again “why did he leave him in they should have went to Hughes”It seems all the wrongheaded criticism of Girardi lacks factual analysis. All this while your starting pitching has been lights out to the most part this post season Let’s see how that formula worked for the Angels. He took him out and Matre gave up a sac bunt and a chopper for one run.
Hughes comes in and walks one and gives up two hits, AJ Burnett only gave up one hit and walked one that inning and gave up NO runs. In the end the bullpen gave up the winning run, AGAIN. Still the facebook managers blame Girardi This silliness is not just confined to facebook; there are self proclaimed baseball experts that spout the same flawed criticism. Of course he has made mistakes, so has Torre, so did Terry Francona who incidentally was swept by the same Angels. All great managers do, Girardi is one of the most sophisticated managers I have ever had the privilege of seeing and I am very happy that he brought the Yankees this far and I will be extremely happy if he gets this Yankee team that didn’t make the playoffs last year into the WS. Finally it ended when Joe Girardi popped out to short on a 3-and-2 pitch from Brian Fuentes with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth Oh wait that was Nick Swisher. .