"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Friday, September 26, 2008

Girardi lied?

That's what the beat writers seem to think.

Here's the deal: Joe Girardi told the writers before yesterday's game that Mariano Rivera went home for his annual physical at the end of the season. That seems suspicious because it was in the middle of a road trip. The writers then called Brian Cashman, who said that Rivera had been complaining of soreness and went home to get an MRI done.

Is this really a big deal? I don't think so.

The way I look at it is simple: The man wanted to appear in the final games at Yankee Stadium and didn't want to tell anyone of his injuries for fear of being shut down. This is the same situation as Andy Pettitte's. He wanted to pitch the final game at Yankee Stadium also, and now his season is over.

Despite being mathematically alive in the playoff race for most of September, the Yankees haven't had much to play for since losing the home series against Boston at the end of August. Rivera and Pettitte both wanted to go out there and battle, despite whatever injuries they may or may not have had.

Isn't medical information supposed to be private, after all?

2 comments:

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com said...

Medical info is supposed to be private - but not when it concerns the shoulder of your team's closer. I think the contentiousness of Girardi's post-game press conference with the beat writers was the result of simmering tensions over the course of the season. The writers have consistently felt that Girardi wasn't being straight with them, the way Torre always was.

Rob said...

I don't see the point of them needing to keep that info private. Even if the Yankees thought it was important I'm sure the writers would rather just be told it's a private matter instead of being purposefully misled.

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