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Joe Girardi believes Aroldis Chapman’s Instagram like was accident

Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi believes that Aroldis Chapman “liked” a comment on Instagram calling the manager an “imbecile” was an accident.

Girardi was criticized for declining to challenge a hit by pitch call in Game 2 of the ALDS that some thought may have been a foul tip. The decision not to challenge appeared to change the game because the next batter hit a grand slam, and the New York Yankees went on to lose to the Cleveland Indians in extra innings.

A story a day later was that Chapman’s official Instagram account had “liked” a comment on the social media service that name-called the manager. Girardi said Sunday that Chapman came to talk to him and he truly believes it was an accident.

Given the language barrier — Chapman is Cuban — and the possibility that he has someone running his account, it could have very well been an accident. At the least, Chapman showed his manager he cared about his feelings by going to speak with him.

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