Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/9/12

Joe Girardi capped an upsetting loss to the Orioles on Saturday by getting into an argument with one of the writers who covers the team.

Girardi apparently called New York Post writer Joel Sherman into his office after being frustrated with an exchange the two had during the postgame news conference, and the two began to argue.

In the video below, you can see Girardi answer two questions about pitcher CC Sabathia’s struggles before Sherman jumps into the mix. The Girardi-Sherman exchange that instigated the argument begins at the 3:30 mark:

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Here’s how the exchange went:

“I think [the previous reporter] might have just asked my question,” Sherman acknowledged. “Are you convinced CC (Sabathia) is healthy?” he asked.

“Yes, this is the third time, yes. Yes, he’s healthy,” Girardi replied.

“It’s part of the game,” Sherman said in response, trying to defend his question after noticing Girardi seemed irked.

“I know, but I was asked three times,” said Girardi.

“Still part of the game,” Sherman continued.

“No, I’m not lying. One time (to ask the question) is sufficient,” an annoyed Girardi told Sherman.

“Joe, you make big money as Yankee manager, it’s part of the job,” we believe Sherman said to end the exchange, though it was tough to tell exactly what he said.

Girardi shook his head at Sherman, didn’t respond, and then fielded a question from another reporter. It was after the press conference when things got really heated.

According to an account from ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Girardi called Sherman into his office where they had a heated confrontation. The two reportedly went nose-to-nose in an argument, with Girardi telling Sherman not to tell him how to do his job, and Sherman saying the same thing back to Girardi. Marchand says the two had to be separated by security.

You can question whether Sherman was out of line with his aggressive approach with Girardi, but it’s pretty clear that between this and Girardi’s explosion on a heckler last month, the manager is feeling the pressure. Couple the Yankees losing their division lead with the awful call that cost them the game on Saturday, and it’s easy to see why Girardi is so edgy.

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4 Comments:
  • Most of these "reporters" have an IQ equal to the pencils they use. A bunch of chest-nuts. Chest-nut? A breast fed idiot.
  • I know players and baseball managers, including coaches, are supposed to answer questions by reporters or they are subject to suffer a fine. But I notice most of these reporters are more incline to embarass these guys with idiotics questions than to bring out positive answers for the benefit of the fans. Also they have no imagination at all by asking the same questions over and over again.
    Benjamin Quiñones
    bengieq12@gmail.com
  • C.C. Sabathia deliberately hit Nick Markakis so hard you could hear the bone crack as it broke. The Umpire motioned for Nick to take first base. C.C. Sabathia starts arguing with the Umpire that it was a foul ball??
    Neither Sabathia nor Girardi apologized to the Orioles or Nick.
    That is the way they operate. If they can't beat you, they disable you. No apologies.

    Update: September 10, 2012
    Good sportsmanship is not in the Yankees' vocabulary. Joe Torre was not like that.
    Joe Girardi is no Joe Torre.
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