I don’t think I’ve ever been angrier at a baseball game in my life.
During last night’s Yankees Tigers game, the Yankees had the bases loaded with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th inning with the score 3-1. Chris Stewart was on deck after Eduardo Nunez had reached on a fielder’s choice. The situation begged for a pinch-hitter, and that was a first guess.
I must have said it 20 times from the time Lyle Overbay was called safe at second to the time Stewart got to the plate.
But no. Girardi had to stick with his guy when he could have put in someone, anyone else. Austin Romine maybe, Vernon Wells? David Adams? What happens next?
On the first pitch of the at-bat, Stewart promptly grounds into the most routine 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and the game remains 3-1.
It’s not that bad yet. Rivera is on his way into the game and the Yankees are up by 2, although it should have been more.
In the top of the 9th with 2 outs Miguel Cabrera drills a 2-run game tying home run over the center field wall and the Tigers tied the game.
I absolutely lost it. Forget Rivera blowing his 2nd straight save opportunity, the Yankees should have been up by at least 3 if not 4 if Girardi had just made a common sense decision. It is concerning that Rivera’s blown 2 straight though.
Luckily for Girardi, the Yankees ended up winning the game in the bottom of the 10th inning on an RBI single by Brett Gardner as the Yankees snapped a 4-game losing streak.
I know I have zero qualifications to be a Major League manager, but the fact that Girardi didn’t think to send a pinch-hitter up for Chris Stewart when he had been 0-2 with 2 strikeouts and a walk was very concerning, especially when a few insurance runs would have made a big difference.
The fact that I was right was even more concerning.