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They thought it was more important to look at the press cameras instead of my cell phone.

Today I had the great opportunity to head over to Yankee Stadium and be part of the press conference with Joe Girardi and Terry Collins. The event started with some talk about how much they both love Dunkin Donuts (sponsor of the event).

Girardi and Collins both spoke about the cross-town rivalry and what it means to the teams. They agreed that it’s the passion of the fans that really drives it. When the Mets were in Washington fans were asking them about it before the Nationals series was even over. Girardi brought up how it’s tough to go out around town if you lose because he knows he’ll hear about it from the Mets fans teasing him and the Yankee fans being upset.

Collins spoke on Johan Santana’s last outing with the no-hitter and had a funny anecdote that after the seventh inning no one would even be there to answer the bullpen phone because everyone back there was up along the fence watching.

How has Andy Pettite effected the clubhouse, his play on the field is better than anyone expected right away, how has he made the team better off the field?

Girardi: His presence is really powerful because he has an expectation for himself and for everyone else. He’s made a difference in the rotation, you can see the rotation has consistently gotten better since he joined. I don’t know if they’re worried he’s going to take one of their spots, but I really believe it’s his presence. His calmness and preparation, for the other guys to be able to see a 39 year old man go to work everyday, I think you can learn a lot from him. He means a lot more to this team than just the day that he pitches.

What did Dickey find at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro that has him leading the league in wins? 

Collins: A better knuckler with command of that sucker!

How is it different going into a big game as a player compared to as a manager?

Girardi: It’s much easier as a player, you’re only responsible for yourself and once you get on the field and start playing all that stuff goes away and you’re focused on that one play or pitch. As a manager you’re responsible for a lot more people out there and you need to focus on setting up the bullpen and everything else.

How do you feel about interleague throughout the season instead of once a year?

Girardi: Well, it’ll be different because usually you try to get everybody ready for about a month, but now you always have to be ready. It’ll be good though because we won’t have those long stands where we lose the DH. Last year we lost our DH for 9 straight games. This year we won’t have that, so it’ll be better that way.

What’s your philosophy with managing a big name, big money roster?

Girardi: It’s nice! But money doesn’t always produce wins, it just means you’ve done it already and they expect you to continue to do it. But they don’t wanna be treated like that, they’re human beings. They have their good days and their bad days and their issues. They want to be treated like men. They know the expectations of putting on a Yankee uniform and that’s what I try to manage.

Two months into the season, what do you like about your team so far and what do you think needs to be improved on?

Collins: To improve, we need to start getting healthy. We need to get Jason back in the lineup and Tejada back in the lineup. What I like is our passionate play. I’ve told people, our young players, they don’t know they’re not supposed to be very good. When they take the field, they think they’re gonna win and that’s the way they’ve gone about it. I credit the veterans on the club, the leadership that they’ve shown in the clubhouse. That’s the fun part of watching them play every night. They don’t get down about it and when they have a good game they don’t get too high either. They know they have to come back out the next day. The young guys are trying to survive, they wanna stay here. They want to go out and show people they belong here.

Girardi: With the struggles that we’ve had at times and the injuries we’ve had, we’re only a half game out of first place I give those guys a lot of credit. No matter who goes down, someone is there to step up. The bullpen has done a tremendous job. We’ve had some struggles with the starting rotation and hitting with runners in scoring position and we look up and we’re a half a game out and I believe all that’s going to change, that bodes well for us.

Talk a little about what’s going on with Ike Davis?

Collins: We try to preach patience in this organization and this guy has tremendous ability. I still believe your seeing the effects of a guy who missed an entire season and is trying to get back. I want to make sure Ike understands we’re behind him and he’s gotta continue to work. If you talk to the players they’ll tell you he’s a tremendous teammate and you don’t wanna lose that. I’ve never seen a guy would come who would come to bat, not a big situation, and have more teammates routing for him to get a hit. To me, I don’t wanna lose those kinda guys.

The minute all of a sudden where a decision is gonna be made, it’s gonna be made with enough to back it up and make a decision and have given him every opportunity but right now we’re not at that point.

Other notes from the conference:

– Jason Bay will be in the lineup and playing left field tonight.

– Gardner said that his elbow wasn’t feeling sore and will be playing this weekend in Charleston.

– Robertson threw live bp yesterday and they’re waiting to see how he feels today and if all is well he’ll go on a rehab start.

– Mariano Rivera has been around the team on all home stands.

*some answers are paraphrased

 

Todd Giannattasio is a guest blogger for New York State Of Sports. Todd is the CCO of Tresnic Media which specializes in web marketing and small business SEO. You can follow him on Twitter @TresnicMedia

Love it or hate it, Joe Girardi’s Binder of Fun is here to stay. Luckily for the Bombers, the BoF was good on this night.

With the game tied at four in bottom of the ninth. two runners on-base and two out, Binder Joe elected to intentionally walk Nick Markakis (effectively loading the bases) to get to Adam Jones. Rafael Soriano, who is dealing with a chipped finger nail (boo hoo), was a bit erratic, but that didn’t slow down the BoF. Girardi liked the righty-on-righty match-up of Soriano vs. Jones–and Soriano recorded a game saving strikeout. 

On the surface, this move was very, very unorthodox and a combination of things could have ended the game. Namely, a passed ball, any hit, a walk, balk, error, etc. could have ended in. I didn’t like the move at the time, but hey, it worked out and Girardi is going to live and die by the BoF. 

Nick Swisher delivered with a mammoth two run, home run in the Top of 10, propelling the Yanks to a sweep of the Birds. Swisher’s hit made Girardi’s decision look brilliant and gave the Yankees a lot of momentum as they head home to take on the Angels. 

The BoF wasn’t good to Joe in his first game against the Rays (Carlos Pena says hello), but heading home with a 3-3 record isn’t the worst thing in the world. 

Going forward, Yankee fans are going to have a love-hate relationship with the BoF. Baseball is a game that is completely predicated by statistics and Girardi has made it clear that he will live (and die) by those numbers. 

There are always a few players that absolutely kill the Yankees. This weekend, it was Carlos Pena’s turn to show why he is a Yankee killer. Over the three game set, Pena collected six hits, slugged two home runs and drove in seven runs. Pena should have had a third home run, but fan interference limited the hit to only a double. In 310 career at-bats against the Yanks, Pena has blasted 23 HRs and posted a .232/.350/.510 line. Pena’s numbers are great against the Yankees and there’s no doubt that the Bombers won’t miss seeing him.

Overall, it was a very, very frustrating weekend of Yankee baseball. As a fan, my confidence is never high when the team plays in Tampa Bay. There’s something about that silly dome that rubs me the wrong way. Joe Girardi had a very curious weekend as he and Joe Maddon each took turns trying to overmanage. On Friday, Girardi’s decision to intentionally walk Sean Rodriguez to get to Pena in the first inning came back to haunt him. Even then, the Yankees had an opportunity to win the game, but Mariano blew the save opportunity. The Yanks had a nice comeback on Saturday, but it fell short. No effort at all by the Bombers on Sunday as they just looked like they were ready to get out of Tampa.

The Rays are a scary, scary team, but these three games comprise 1.8% of the regular season. These two teams will meet another 15 times before the season ends, so expect more great battles. The Rays clearly have some of the best arms in baseball and the Yanks will need to step up, work the counts, and get into the Ray pen. Time for the Yanks to pick up their first win tonight in Baltimore with Ivan Nova taking the ball.

Underrated? A manager who has the full-backing of ownership and a seemingly unlimited payroll can be underrated? Despite the injuries across the board, erratic pitching of AJ Burnett, depleted bullpen, and the accompanying egos that encompass the Yankees, Joe Girardi has done a hell of job with his first place ball club. New faces have risen to the occasion and the entire pitching has been essentially rebuilt. Given these facts, Joe Girardi is proving that he’s not only underrated, but the top manager in baseball.

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It’s been a week since the Yankees held that familiar victory gathering in the infield following a win, so their 6-2 win tonight over Tampa Bay made it that much sweeter.

Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of homers and David Robertson pinned the Rays with the bases loaded, leading the way as the Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak. Yankee fans: you no longer have to hold your breath, or grow your beard, or wear the same clothes until the Yankees win.

CC with the Belichick look?

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This is the twelfth and final edition of the Red Sox vs. Yankees debate. We’ve made a trip around the diamond, gone through the rotation, and made our way out into the bullpen. Today, we’ll analyze the guys who call the shots. The guys who have three World Series rings as managers. The guys who have a collective .540 winning percentage. We are talking about Joe Girardi and Terry Francona. Which team holds the advantage in the catbird seat?

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CC Sabathia struggled for the Yankees today. The big man went six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. This marked the third shaky start Sabathia has had in his last five games. But the big man left with a commanding 10-5 lead…

However, the foursome of David Robertson, Sergio Mitre, Damaso Marte, and Joba Chamberlain gave up seven Indian runs in the 7th inning, putting the Yankees in a 12-10 hole. The Indians would add a run in the 8th and the Yankees 9th inning rally stopped short as the Yanks fell, 13-11.

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Via Chad Jennings at The LoHud Yankees Blog

“Today’s lineup against the Astros:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson LF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner CF”

Manager Joe Girardi has hinted that this lineup will look similar to his Opening Day lineup. Interestingly enough, the Yankees have promoted Granderson to be their Center Fielder all off-season, but Gardner gets the start tonight. The first legitimate lineup will play on Sunday, April 4th.

AJ Burnett will get the start on the hill.

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Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Joe Girardi collectively have won 14 World Series rings. However, none of these Yankees will receive a contract extension during 2010. Yankees GM and friend of mine, Brian Cashman announced today that he will not negotiate with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, or Joe Girardi until the 2010 season has concluded. “I don’t think you can separate one from the other,” Cashman said.  “I am not saying they are the same, but the questions will come, ‘If you did one, why didn’t you do the other?’ If this was Kansas City, it would be different — but it’s not…”

Jeter, who is in the final year of his 10 year, $189 million contract (time really does fly), has been the face of the Yankee franchise since the 1996 World Series Championship. Jeter has a career batting average of .317, good for 6th all-time among Yankees. Jeter is the Yankees all-time hit leader with 2,747 hits. Jeter has been one of the best post season player of this era accumulating 175 hits. More recently Jeter hit .407 in this past season’s World Series. Jeter is the Yankee captain and arguably one of the top Yankees of all time (future article).

The 40-year-old Mariano Rivera, who is in the final year of his 3 year, $45 million contract, is the best post season pitcher of all time. Rivera has a career 0.74 ERA posting an 8-1 record recording, 39 saves. Rivera is as close to automatic as you’ll find in the playoffs. Rivera had 44 saves in 46 opportunities during the regular season. Rivera expressed that he wanted to play until he was 45 years old. As long as he plays at his current level, Rivera could play until he is 50.

Girardi led the Yankees to the World Series Championship last season. Girardi in the final season of his 3 year/$7.5 million contract, proved he was worthy of leading the Yankees last season.

After the season, I expect the Yankees to retain all three players.

Predictions:

Derek Jeter: 3 years, $60 million

Mariano Rivera: 2 years, $30 million

Joe Girardi: 3 years, $11 million