Maybe Joe Girardi, a brilliant baseball mind who may be too controlling and obsessive to function in New York?
And who’s going to make that decision? Is it general manager Bryan Cashman’s to make, or is Cashman, who has brought a lot of talented young blood into the system, also in danger? And if not Cashman, then who?
Unfortunately, George Steinbrenner was silent on that topic when he broke his long silence last Saturday when Ian O’Connor, a columnist with The Record of Hackensack, N.J., called his office on a whim and Steinbrenner not only answered his own phone, but disgorged the opinion that Torre would “probably” not return if he couldn’t dispose of Cleveland.
While Torre was reminiscing about how much fun he’s had managing the most famous team in American sports, those Indians who wouldn’t be disposed of were soaking the visitor’s clubhouse with domestic champagne, whooping and hollering and acting as if they’d done about the greatest thing in the world, which wasn’t far from the truth.
And if it weren’t for the fact that we have the fresh corpse of the Yankees to dissect, I’d spend a little time talking about what a terrific job a young Cleveland team did. But the Yankees are like Tiger Woods. When they lose to somebody who’s perceived as a lesser talent, the story is about how they lost, and not what the other guys did to win.
So nice job, Cleveland. You beat the Yankees. Hurray, hurray. Now go away while we pick through the wreckage of the mighty pinstripes.
The nation grieved for those hurt, killed and affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. After one of the suspects was caught on Friday — following a day-long lockdown and manhunt — sports returned to Boston over the weekend.
Instead, they watched Byrd baffle New York and build a 6-1 fourth-inning lead. At that point, for all the noise 57,000 fans were making, you’d have thought you were sitting at a Marlins’ game on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-September with the Pirates in town.
“Hankies! Get your hankies!”
The crowd woke up in the seventh when A-Rod got his first RBI and first important hit — a home run — since 2004. It cut the lead to 6-3, hardly an insurmountable margin against the Yankee line-up, but when the inning ended without another run, thousands of the Yankee unfaithful headed for the exits. There were six outs left for their team — plenty of time to scratch out three runs — but they had seen enough.
They had stopped believing in this team, stopped believing that no deficit was too great to overcome.
And now it’s time for change. Torre’s gone. Who else goes with him?
HBT: Robinson Cano homered twice while David Phelps had the longest outing of his career as the Yankees topped the Blue Jays 7-2 this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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