Tag:Joe Girardi
Posted on: July 11, 2010 5:40 pm

Yankees remember Sheppard

Bob Sheppard Bob Sheppard's voice was as much a part of the Yankees as pinstripes, and hearing it hum through Yankee Stadium was one of the great constants in the game.

Sheppard last worked in 2007, but word of his passing Sunday at age 99 left a sadness in the Yankees clubhouse. Some reactions, courtesy of the North Jersey Record:

Derek Jeter (who uses Sheppard’s taped introduction before each at-bat): "I grew up a Yankee fan, and he was the voice I always heard. There were a few times, sprinkled in and out, when he wasn’t there, and it didn’t sound right. I had the idea to record his voice and to always use it."

Joe Girardi: "You realize you hit the big lights when Bob Sheppard announces your name. It's amazing when you heard his voice in person, because it was always like from up above. And when he’d come down to talk to you, it was a thrill."

Trainer Gene Monahan: "He was the most polite man I think I've ever met. He’d stop by every once in a while over the course of the season, maybe four or five times, and call me over and very politely ask, 'May I have…a few…lozenges?' That’s the only thing he ever asked us for."

On a personal note, I'll never forget an exchange I had with Sheppard.

He was like J.D. Salinger. You never saw him, only heard him. One afternoon, hours before a game, I was doing some work in a nearly empty Yankee Stadium press box. I felt fingertips touch my shoulder and heard, "Excuse me." I immediately got a chill -- those two words were enough to know who was standing behind me.

He wanted to know how to pronounce Yuniesky Betancourt. He practiced it a couple of times, said thank you, and disappeared back into his booth.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 5, 2010 8:22 pm

Pettitte added to All-Star team

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte is officially an All-Star. Joe Girardi announced the move after Boston Clay Buchholz was put on the disabled list on Monday.

Girardi told reporters that Pettitte was the next pitcher on the players' ballot.

It's Pettitte's first All-Star selection since 2001.

With CC Sabathia and Oakland's Trevor Cahill out of the game because he'll start on Sunday, here's hoping Girardi has taken care of "his guy" (as Charlie Manuel would say) with Pettitte and adds Anaheim's Jered Weaver to the staff when it's time to finish filling out the roster.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2010 7:44 pm

Girardi's made his All-Star decisions

Joe Girardi Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that he's finished his All-Star selections.

"I think my work is pretty much basically done at this point," Girardi told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch . "I've made my decisions for the most part. The hardest part is that you know that some people are going to be disappointed, and you hate to be the person that disappoints them. But if I could choose 50 people, the 51st person would be disappointed."

Managers' decisions are less than they used to be because of the fans' vote, the players' vote and the fact that each team needs to be represented (more on that, later).

Girardi did say he did not let the new rule that doesn't allow pitchers who throw on the Sunday before the game appear in the game influence his picks.

"I don't think that a player should be penalized for pitching on Sunday," Girardi said. "If he's an All-Star, he's an All-Star. That's my thought process behind it, and if you deceive to go, you deserve to go."

That could come in to play with his own player, starter CC Sabathia.

That will me more All-Star selections for players (and money for some who have those kind of clauses in their contracts) beyond the set roster of 33 (plus the final vote for one more player, chosen by on-line fan voting).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 5:23 pm

A-Rod to DH against Phillies

Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees' lineup, but he's the team's designated hitter and not playing third base.

“We watched him take ground balls and I just didn’t think he had the lateral movement we want to see quite yet," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters before Wednesday’s game .

Rodriguez hasn't played since leaving last Thursday's game against the Orioles with tendinitis in his right hip flexor.

Kevin Russo is starting at third base for the Yankeess.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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