Thursday, April 29, 2010

Girardi hypocritical on Posada plunking

Joe Girardi is still pretty angry a day after Jorge Posada was plunked by Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. While acknowledging Guthrie is not a bad kid intentionally throwing at his batters, he is livid that Posada is unable to play tonight because of the lingering knee injury and tired of Guthrie hitting his guys: eight Yankees over the last two years, according to Girardi.

But the New York Yankees don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to getting angry about being hit by a pitch, not after Mark Teixeira responded to a plunking last week with an unnecessary take-out side that leveled Los Angeles Angels catcher Bobby Wilson and put him on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion.

Girardi defended Teix although he did acknowledge that his first baseman's frustration might have gotten the better of him. "That's the way he plays the game," Girardi told Mike Francesa. "If he starts to play timid that's when I worry about him getting hurt."

I think it's pretty hypocritical for Girardi to defend Teix and be angry with Guthrie, especially since the pitcher was genuinely apologetic after the game. Yes, his lack of control is frustrating, but as Girardi said there was no intent. The same can't be said for Teix.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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