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Joe Girardi: The Best Thing About the New York Yankees Manager

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 09:  New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi #28 argues with third base umpire Tim Welke as second base umpire Bob Davidson (L) blocks the way during a disputed call during the fifth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IAugust 10, 2012

On Thursday, Joe Girardi had a meltdown of epic proportions on the field that resulted in the New York Yankees manager being ejected from the game against the Detroit Tigers.

In case you missed it, the video of the ejection is below.

Say what you want about the call, whether right or wrong, the tirade was just the latest example of what Girardi does so well.

The ejection was his third of the season—all coming against the Tigers. I'm not really sure what it is that boils Joe's blood when the Bombers play the Tigers, but the correlation at least exists to some extent.

Putting that aside, nobody does it better than Joe.

His on-field explosions are epic and it's likely one of the few times during the year that he actually gets animated. With expletives flying and arms flailing, Girardi's exit from the game was nothing short of a spectacle.

Normally very reserved, you'd never expect Girardi to get upset the way he does when arguing a call.

However, if a team doesn't respond to a manager's blowing up on the field, then what good is it?

After Girardi was tossed from the game, the Bombers went on to beat the Tigers 4-3, thanks to a pair of homers (back to back) by Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez.

But before their comeback, the Yanks blew a 2-0 lead and it was Andy Dirks' double that sparked Girardi's entrance onto the field. After that, not only did the homers happen, but the bullpen worked in and out of trouble.

It seemed the Bombers woke up after the ejection of their manager and managed to salvage a split of the four-game series not long after they dropped the first two.

Is Girardi to be given credit for his team's resurrection as a result of his ejection? Not entirely, but even the biggest Girardi hater can't deny that the two went hand in hand.

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