According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Girardi called the Yankees public address announcer to have A-Rod’s name omitted from the announcement when Eric Chavez pinch-hit for the aging slugger during the postseason. Typically, pinch hit announcements include both the new batter and the player he is replacing in the lineup. In this case, A-Rod’s name wasn’t mentioned in the stadium.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman reportedly confirmed to Heyman that Girardi made the call.
Rodriguez was pinch-hit for on consecutive nights during the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles. The first time was after he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Game 3. Raul Ibanez replaced him and hit two home runs to help the Yankees win 3-2 in 12 innings. A-Rod seemed to take things fine and was the biggest cheerleader in the dugout after being replaced. Rodriguez was replaced by Chavez the next night after going 1-for-4 with a walk in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles in Game 4.
A-Rod was also pinch-hit for during a 6-4 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout before Eric Chavez hit for him. Strangely, he also served as a pinch-hitter replacing Ibanez when the Yanks were eliminated in Game 4 of the ALCS. They each went 0-for-2.
Rodriguez spoke positively about Girardi throughout the playoffs despite being replaced by pinch-hitters and eventually benched. He said Girardi had built up a lot of equity with him. It’s considerate moves like this that make us see why A-Rod would feel strongly about his manager.
Say what you want about the whole thing, but that’s a really considerate move by Girardi. It’s nice to hear about another side of him after the August incident.
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