Kinda equivalent to speaking with or listening to fans sitting next to you at Yankee Stadium, I like to read the comments from “fans” on various message boards and forums. Here’s a brief list of some current opinions that seem to be prevalent (please note: these are not “stat head” Theo Epstein wanna-be’s; these are your WFAN caller-type fans):
1) Joe Girardi sucks- He can’t manage the bullpen, is handling Wang, Joba, Rivera, Posada, and Hughes wrong, and is too politically correct during interviews.
2) Fransisco Cervelli should replace Jorge Posada as everyday catcher. All of the pitchers work better with him, and he’s younger.
3) Wang needs to be in the bullpen, traded, or released.
4) Brian Bruney is on the DL too much and shouldn’t be talking about K-Rod.
5) Andy Pettitte is a has-been.
6) Joba should be pitching the 7th+8th innings. Period.
7) Brian Cashman should be fired.
8) Do we really want Damaso Marte back?
1) Girardi doesn’t suck. He’s been under stress these last couple of weeks, and doesn’t have a whole lot to work with regarding the bullpen. Getting swept by the Red Sox again was embarrassing and frustrating. I am totally okay with Girardi because we can second guess every pitching move from here to eternity. He explains his rationale during the post-game press conferences…I had some issues with him not giving Phil Hughes work when he was banished to the bullpen, and I don’t think he’s handling Wang’s fragile psyche well, but those are minor criticisms in the grand scheme of things. Ultimately the players must execute, and I believe Giradi has made them feel relaxed and prepared this year. The team chemistry is a LOT better than last year.
2) Jorge has a lot of critics because of his dominant personality. But to suggest that Cervelli replace him is absurd. This campaign to make Jorge full-time DH is personality-driven; Cervelli is a wide-eyed rookie who gets rave reviews from CC and AJ, while fans see Jorge arguing with Joba and Wang all the time. Anyone who says Cervelli is an everyday catcher at this time (No HR, .298/.310 1 walk in 57 at-bats) is SICK.
3) Wang needs to be kept a starter until he can get his confidence back. He needs to be treated with kid gloves and patience until this happens.
4) Bruney has a right to express himself. I do think that fans, announcers, and management are putting too much hope on him to be THE 8th inning setup guy because he is so injury prone.
5) Andy always goes through stretches like this.
6) Joba should be a starter. Period.
7) Brian Cashman should be fired, I agree with.
8) I agree- I am not a fan of Damaso Marte. I sure wish Phil Coke would get his act together and become the “lefty guy”.
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