Some of the things I disagree with in the Yankees history is the firing of mangers because they didn’t win the World Series. It is ridicules to fire someone for making the playoffs year after year, but most of the the mangers the Yankees have fired in the past like Billy Martin, Casey Stengel, and Joe Torre for not winning the series, but these guys were good mangers who did not really deserve to be fired. I am making an exception for Joe Girardi, I have often stuck up for him, but after watching the entire playoffs thus far, the two games the Yankees lost can be directly related to Girardi on this. First it was the game three pitching change or mound visits. Starting with going out to tell a veteran Andy Pettitte how to throw to Vlad thus resulting in a home run to tie the game. Then comes the horrendous 11th inning pitching change by bringing in Aceves with two outs when Robertson was pitching perfectly. Not only did this blow the game, but if the game keeps going the team is down to one pitcher in the bullpen as well. Just idiotic.
The game 5 loss was a team effort, but Girardi should not have left A.J. Burnett in to start the 7th. He had a fully rested bullpen with a two run lead. Bring in Joba as your 7th inning guy, then Hughes, and Rivera, that has been the set up all postseason with a lead unless CC is pitching and the Yankees haven’t lost any of those guys. Maybe don’t play Nick Swisher for a game and I know the Molina catching A.J. worked his first two starts, but Posada needs to be in the line up during the playoffs, he is a vetran he could handle A.J. just fine which he did.
So if the Yankees cannot get a win in the next two games at home, (By the way taking one out of three in Anaheim is great, but when there is an opportunity to take two out of three or two out of two, it kind of sucks), Girardi will and should be the scape goat in this case. There is too much talent on this team to be over managed. The team pays the players so much damn money trust them, especially when your bullpen has been lights out for a lot of the season and had been preforming fairly well all postseason, stop managing to lose, a lot of scouts have faulted you on that. This only applies to the ALCS, I wouldn’t fire him if this team makes the World Series and does not win it, unless he does stupid stuff like this during the World Series. If they do not come through in this series, against the Angels then he is gone, needs to be gone, has to be gone. Even though the players should perform when called upon, the manger has contributed a ton to both L’s in this series and he has to go and there are two guys out there that would be prefect fits Willie Randolph and Donnie Baseball, who should have gotten the job in the first place.
Sidenote I wrote this before I started reading a Daily News Article saying similar things, so here is the link for it since it is done by a professional. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2009/10/23/2009-10-23_manager_joe_girardi_should_be_fired.html