Girardi held a “stern postgame meeting” following Sunday’s loss

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Via David Waldstein: Joe Girardi held a “stern postgame meeting” following Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox to let the team know he was disappointed with their effort in the three-game sweep. “We stunk here,” said the skipper. “We didn’t play well here. But we’ve got options. We can either continue to stink or play better. If we play better, we have a shot.”

The Yankees have held team meetings under Girardi before — including last month, during the sweep by the White Sox in Chicago — but the message has always had some kind of positive spin. “We’re better than this, let’s not make losing a habit,” that type of stuff. This is the first time I can remember hearing about Girardi ripping into the team, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened before. This is the time to be stern anyway. The time for delivering a gentle message has come and gone.

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  • JLC 776

    Here come the, “Wait, Girardi is just now getting stern with the team? Ugh! He needs to be fired!” remarks.

    • Yankee Parrothead

      That owuld be crazy. He ahs doen an amazing job this year keeping them in the hunt despite all the injuries and C. C. struggling. I don’t always agree with specific decisions he makes (felt the same way with Joe Torre) but you cannot argue with the results.

      • JLC 776

        I completely agree… annnnd I’m pleasantly surprised at the lack of Girardi hate on this post. Maybe a lot of the trolls finally gave up.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I wonder if arod had to sit in the corner as punishment?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Who’s this Stern guy?

    Seriously, I’m just going to step out of the way on this one. The potential jokes may be too funny to hold back.

  • Vern Sneaker

    The team is 21-9 since August 9th (after getting swept by the the White Sox in Chicago) EXCEPT against Boston (1-6). They’re just way better than we are, it’s a matter of talent not effort. I guess he’s just trying to fire them up — the news report may well have mis-characterized the tone of the meeting. With the schedule we’ve got the next 12 games there’s a chance we could sneak in.

  • Chris Z.

    If Stern was the manager imagine the funny lineups. Ichro playing 2nd, Cano as a lefty out of the pen, CC catching. You just can’t predict baseball.

  • Bo Knows

    I’m guessing Joe also sent everyone to bed without dinner, and forbade them from watching tv for the next week. And if they do it mess up again, they can’t go to the big dance next Saturday.

  • LarryM Fl

    You can say what you want about Girardi in the negative. I like the guy. He has played the game. He’s young enough to be involved with the team and taken seriously. As a player, now manager, he understands the little things that a player might be going through.

    I joke about the binder but I have found stats are not to be dismissed. He should be rehired for three more but will he want to go through the building process.

    • Betty Lizard

      I think–and actually hope–Girardi’s stubbornness will have him signing on for another stint with the Yankees.

      There are other managers I admire, and others who have, and will, have at times more successful teams, but I can’t imagine another manager doing better than Girardi with all of the factors, on and off the field, at play with the Yankees.

      • LarryM Fl

        Also, this may sound juvenile but I believe he can kick ass among the managers. I was waiting for him and Showalter to get it going. He gets his Italian up and away we go. I know it well.

        • Betty Lizard

          How I wanted Girardi to deck Showalter! (And I’m a pacifist.)

  • turk

    …..this was the message that should have been given to cashman in the off-season…how anyone in their right mind could have thought this team was capable of doing anything, the way it was constructed is beyond me…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      So they’ve exceeded your expectations, I take it.

    • The Other Sam

      Agreed.

  • turk

    ….yes,….yes they have…and I’m not sure that’s a “good thing”…..anyone who thought they were going to get 100 games out of jeter and arod after major surgery at their ages, has a problem with reality…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Doesn’t have to be a good thing. Just is what it is.

      I don’t know whether they’ve exceeded mine. I sort of thought they’d be fighting for their lives at this point in the season, but that there’d be a fight at least.

      I guess they’ve exceeded them in that they’ve still done what I thought they would with much more adversity/injury than I expected even at the end of Spring Training.

      • LarryM Fl

        They did not fold as the Red Sox did a year ago. The fans should be happy with the results. Is their work to be done. Sure, it will start in October, unfortunately.

        • M

          As true as a win in april has the same value as a win in september, its also true thata team can fold during mid-season and be as “catastrophic” (for their postseason hope) as folding in september… and that’s what happened to the yankees who folded mid season (played 1 game below 0.500 from May 1st to July 31st).

  • Joey

    If it gets leaked that he bitch slapped Stewart during the meeting than this man deserve a 5 year contract extension!

  • jobasphatstache

    What? No Girardi is troll baiting remark? Come on Bobby Sunshine where am you be?

  • Darren

    I don;’t know man, ya think you’d ever be totally happy with a manager? I was pretty down with Buck during the early 90s especisalluy after Stump. But like, it’s just the nature od the deal man, no one ever’s gonna be awesome 100%. Girardi’s ok, ya know.,
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  • bobby two-knives

    There can and will be many levels of discussion about this year’s team (and next year too!), but it seems to me that Girardi and his staff, and every player, have done a remarkable job – staying so close and maybe sneaking into the playoffs – given the realities. We haven’t heard a word of dissension coming from the clubhouse; no one bashing someone else, etc… Though I’m disappointed with the season, I also greatly appreciate what they have been able to do. Kudos to Girardi et al.

  • Eddard

    I wonder if Joe had his finger pointed in their faces when he was given them a “stern” scolding. This seems to imply that the club has quit on Joe. If that’s the case then he’s gotta go. I think they need changes at GM and manager anyway to get this club a fresh future.

    • Dan Morra

      agreed

    • The Other Sam

      I think the problem is higher up than that. What’s better to base your decisions on- smart effective baseball or arbitrary budget plans? Enough said.

  • Dan Morra

    Would still love to see what would have been if Donnie had gotten the job way-back-when instead of Girardi. But we can only wonder now, as there is NOT A FRICKING CHANCE that LA lets Donnie go now. Although Mo is always an option as a manager, right?

    • Betty Lizard

      I don’t see Mariano Rivera as suited in any way for the position of manager. Or wanting it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      While I wasn’t at the interview myself, what we read about Donnie at the time, and what is reflected in some of his tendencies since, was/is that Donnie’s style resembles Torre’s style in many ways. If that floats your boat, then float on.

      I want Donnie to be part of the organization. Do I want him managing it instead of Joe? I don’t see how he makes a difference.

    • M

      Maybe next season he begins as bad as this year and gets fired, remember he is not very bright nor knows all the rules** and was on the verge of being fired.

      **When he filled in for Joe Torre in spring training and after JoeT was ejected at least two times, he went to the mound twice in a “single visit” and had to take out his pitcher, and it has happened to him at least 3 times, twice during the season. And also at least twice he’s given the umpires a wrong lineup with the same man batting twice, in one of those he was about to lose his DH in an interleague game but the umpire notified him there was an error in the lineup and corrected it (his lineup miscues i’ve only heard from them on their spanish radio broadcast).

  • The Other Sam

    Sounds like the obligatory ‘stern meeting’ as if slapping Ryan’s wrist was going to turn him into a .300 hitter.

    • Mikhel

      And today Ryan goes on to bat two cycles in the same game, before the 2nd inning is over.