LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees vs Red Sox 2008: Round 2

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Yankees vs Red Sox 2008: Round 2

Today the New York Media is knocking Joe Girardi for his decision to let Mike Mussina pitch to Manny Ramirez in the sixth inning of yesterday's game at Fenway Park. Girardi decided to ask Mussina if he wanted to pitch to Manny and Mussina said "Yes." Then he paid for that answer, as Manny hit a two-run double into the gap in right-center field, giving the Red Sox the lead, which they never relinquished.

The decision was a bad one and Girardi admitted it without making excuses or going on the defensive. He won't let that happen again, I'm sure. But, why did it happen in the first place? Did he have a brain cramp and forget that Mussina was no longer a peer? The two played against each other and are not that far apart in age. Girardi seems to have remembered all of that and forgotten the fact that Mussina' s record over the past couple of years doesn't give him the right to say whether or not he wants to pitch to Manny Ramirez.

It's admirable that you haven't forgotten where you came from, Joe, but don't ever forget where you are now.

The Lady

[Photo: Sipkin/NY Daily News]

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