Girardi says he would have done what Terry Collins did
Joe Girardi spoke before the Yankees’ game Saturday in Detroit about the other New York baseball team and Johan Santana recording the first no-hitter in Mets history on Friday night.
Girardi, who has caught a perfect game (David Cone) and a no-hitter (Dwight Gooden), said catching and managing such contests can be as difficult as a playoff game and said he would have handled Santana the way Mets manager Terry Collins did.
“You don’t want to be the guy that ruins a guy’s chance of a no-hitter,” Girardi said. “But you also don’t want to be the guy that ruins a chance for your team in the postseason because you let a guy go too long and he ends up having to go on the DL for a month. Or worst case scenario, happen to have surgery. So, it’s terrible.”
Girardi had a similar decision to make about CC Sabathia early 2010 in Tampa Bay, when the lefty took a no-hitter into the eighth against the Rays. Tampa Bay’s Kelly Shoppach recorded a hit with two outs in the eighth, on Sabathia’s 111th pitch, and Girardi pulled him after, later saying he was prepared to pull Sabathia after that at-bat either way.
As for his thoughts on Collins’ similar quandary?
“I would have done what Terry did,” Girardi said about leaving Santana, who is recovering from left shoulder surgery and also had a high pitch count.
“It’s one of the tougher spots to be in as a manager,” Girardi said. “I don’t envy what he had to go through last night. It’s about a special accomplishment. It’s not an everyday thing.”