Rafael Soriano Implodes, Doesn't Face Reporters

Bernadette PasleyContributor IApril 6, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31:  Rafael Soriano #29 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Last night's Yankee loss left a really bad taste in my mouth. That taste became worse this morning when I read the end of Mike Feinsand's column in the Daily News:

"...I can't tell you how Soriano will handle his implosion. He bolted the clubhouse before talking to reporters, leaving his teammates to answer for his mess. Nick Swisher, Dave Robertson and Boone Logan all stood by their lockers like men and took accountability for their part in the loss. Soriano can't say the same."

Houston, we have a problem. Rafael Soriano's bad reputation has reared its ugly head.

Soriano—who was not welll-liked during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays—showed signs of this reputation during Spring Training, when, unbeknownst to Joe Girardi and the rest of the coaching staff, he decided that he wasn't going to face AL East teams until the season started.  Shortly thereafter—again, unbeknownst to Girardi and the staff—he declared himself ready for the season.

Now we have this latest development. Can the Yankees nip things in the bud to prevent further problems? Or is this a disaster in the making?

We shall see.