Nightfall in Boston
Hello again from Fenway Park, where the Yankees are on the field for batting practice. This afternoon’s manager session with Joe Girardi turned into a rehash of last night’s decision to pitch to Manny Ramirez with first base open.
Girardi said he didn’t want to second-guess his choice but insisted he made the best decision he could with all of the available information; namely, his pitcher’s own belief that pitching to Kevin Youkilis with the bases loaded would have painted him into a tighter corner than pitching around Ramirez. Of course, since Mike Mussina threw too good of a pitch on the first offering, the point was moot.
“You think about it when you go home a little bit and you
just move forward,” Girardi said. “That’s the great thing about baseball, that you’ve got
another day to worry about. Every day there will be some decisions that you
have to make. You live with it, you move on, and you think about today’s game.”
I should mention that the press conference room at Fenway Park has the same style desks that we had back in college. I keep feeling like I need to ask someone for a No. 2 pencil.
Down in New York, jackhammers were cranking as the Yankees unearthed that illicit David Ortiz jersey. Derek Jeter, for one, was rather nonplussed by the news.
“I never pay much attention to all of those things,” Jeter said. “But for those who think there are jinxes, I’m happy for them.”