Joe Girardi Should Be Suspended
After a bench clearing shoving match in today’s spring training game, instigated by the Yankees might I add, Girardi should get suspended.
In the first inning, Yankees starter Heath Phillips was ejected for throwing an up-and-in fastball to Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, grazing the batter and earning an immediate thumb from home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild…. In the home half of the first, the Yankees’ Shelley Duncan escalated the incident by sliding hard into second base, clearing both benches. Play halted for several minutes as the two clubs engaged in shoving, and at least one punch appeared to be thrown.
Evan Longoria Hit by Pitch Vs Yankees
Its been well publicized as to why bad blood exists. Elliot Johnson plowed Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli on saturday during a home plate collision. Cervelli suffered a fractured right wrist that will require surgery that should sideline him for 10+ weeks. I’m not going to delve into this too much, as much has already been said but the questions I raise is A) why is Cervelli blocking the plate and B) what should Johnson do? Slow up and give Cervelli a hug?
For this incident (throwing up near the head) Joe Giardi should receive a suspension. And I’m not talking about a few spring training games. He should be suspended for a few games at the start of the regular season. Call it what you will but a pre-meditated ploy vs an in the moment, split second decision by a player low on the pecking order of a 40 man roster are different circumstances.