Thursday night’s game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles may have been all about Derek Jeter and his final home game at Yankee Stadium, but that didn’t stop Joe Girardi from telling his players what he thought about their 2014 season. According to a report from ESPNNewYork.com, Girardi unloaded on the Yankees before they took the field.
Several sources, including more than a handful of anonymous players, reportedly told ESPNNewYork.com that Girardi went off on the team for everything from players being overweight to others not being “hungry” enough to win.
One source described Girardi as “angry,” and said he even took a brief timeout to allow the players, led by CC Sabathia, to present Jeter with the original painting of The New Yorker’s Sept. 8 cover depicting the shortstop waving goodbye, and an expensive watch, before returning to Part Two of his tirade.
“It was a speech the likes of which I’ve never heard him give before,” said the source, who was in the room during the meeting. “It’s something he probably should have said back in spring training.”
Girardi confirmed the incident took place — he preferred to describe it as “a team meeting” — but refused to supply any details of what he said to the team or if any particular players were singled out.
Girardi said he was more “disappointed” than angry, but he admitted that he confronted the team about what he felt was a failure of a season.