Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/11/12
Joe Girardi did something Wednesday night that many New York fans think Rex Ryan should have done last Sunday — and the Sunday before and so on — and it paid off in a big way. The New York Jets head coach has the gut, but it was the New York Yankees manager who had the guts to pull slumping $29 million starter Alex Rodriguez and take a chance on pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez in the ninth-inning of last night's ALDS game with the Yankees trailing, 2-1. If anyone thought Girardi didn't have it in him to substitute a future Hall of Famer for a 40-year-old journeyman player in such a critical situation, he proved them wrong. We all know Ibanez saved the game by slugging a home run to tie the game but things only got better in the 12th his walkoff homer gave the Yankees a 3-2 win and made Girardi's gutsy decision look  like pure genius. Call it baseball's version of the Wildcat. The Yankee manager has been known to pull strings according to the statistics from his notebook...
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