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You can put this up there on the mantle piece with the Sandy Alomar game and the fuggin’ midges, too. The Yankees beat the crap out of Corey Kluber, staked the bullpen to an 8-3 lead, and then watched it all fall apart as they went on to lose in 13, 9-8. At the center of it all was Joe Girardi’s boner not to challenge a hit batter in the 7th. What clearly looked to us at home like a foul tip—which would have resulted in a third strike and the end of the inning, Yanks up by five—went unchallenged even though Gary Sanchez immediately signaled for review. After the game, Joe wasn’t ready to accept blame square in the face and that’s his business; rightly or wrongly this gets hung on him now and will be remembered bitterly by Yankee fans for as long as we remember.

There were heroes—Sanchez, and Aaron Hicks, who had a 3-run bomb, Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances with fine work out of the pen—and there were goats—looking at you, kid Torreyes—but this one will be remembered as one that famously got away.



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1 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 7, 2017 8:47 am

I watched most of tbe middle of the game on a jacked up stream on my friend's t.v. I am just now reading and seeing highlights of that foul tip. Holy shit. WTF. Sigh...

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 7, 2017 9:14 am

Oh....catching up now. Horrific loss...wow....
I’m climbing a mountain to see a 800 year old temple tomorrow. Will pray to Lord Buddha for calm..

3 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2017 10:34 am

Who should be the next Yankees manager. Not backing your main catcher in the playoffs means you don't come back.

4 Hank Waddles   ~  Oct 7, 2017 11:28 am

Imagine how this would’ve played out in the Steinbrenner era. (The Real Steinbrenner.)

The worst was the presser. I had finally calmed down about the game and started looking towards Game 3, and then Girardi came out and refused to admit that he had just made a mistake. Claiming that he had no information saying that he hadn’t been hit was the same as saying “I didn’t believe my catcher, who told me it had hit the bat. I didn’t believe what I saw from Chisenhall, who didn’t even flinch.”

I think the New York press did a good job pushing, but it’ll be interesting to see how today’s presser goes. All those guys wrote essentially the same column for today’s papers, and they’ll get another crack at him this afternoon. There’s blood on the water.

5 Hank Waddles   ~  Oct 7, 2017 11:29 am

Blood IN the water, obviously.

6 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 7, 2017 11:59 am

[5] Maybe some "smoke on the water" too.

7 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 7, 2017 12:04 pm

[3] No doubt. Can you imagine Francona doing something like that? Dusty Baker? Jim Leyland? Maybe it's time for a "players' manager"?

Let's start the chant now: JOE MUST GO!

Think he'll hear it at the Stadium?

8 Hank Waddles   ~  Oct 7, 2017 12:39 pm

When he’s introduced on Sunday evening he should expect torrential boos. Torrential.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 7, 2017 2:35 pm

If George was still around he’d trade Torreyes for a can of Alpo and fire Girardi. I have always liked Joe well enough as a manager but I admit this is such a blunder I could see someone acting rash—not that the Yankee brass acts rashly much these days.

10 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 7, 2017 5:17 pm

No one's going to act rashly, Hal *is* Michael Corleone, after all ... but it might be time to about sending Joey Joe Joe out fishing in a small boat on Lake Tahoe ...

11 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2017 6:09 pm

Joe’s contract is up this year

12 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 7, 2017 6:13 pm

Lake Tahoe is very clear ... and very deep.

13 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 7, 2017 7:25 pm

(11) Bobby V is still available!
Bryce Harper with the tater to save the Nats

14 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2017 7:56 pm

[13] Bite your tongue and wash your mouth out with soap.

I do like Joe, but he seems too wedded to the Binder and process. If Weber doesn’t have conclusive proof one way or the other, go with your catcher. Sometimes you have to roll the dice

15 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 7, 2017 11:51 pm

[14] Most importantly, IMHO, there was absolutely nothing to lose by going with your catcher. Nothing to lose.

16 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 7, 2017 11:54 pm

[13] I say, Bring Back Buck. He'd be great with a young team.

17 mhoward120   ~  Oct 8, 2017 6:18 pm

(13). I say bring back the Major.

18 knuckles   ~  Oct 8, 2017 6:49 pm

Time for Donnie Baseball to make his way back to the Bronx.

19 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 8, 2017 8:11 pm


20 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 8, 2017 8:49 pm


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