Can you think of a time when the manager of the home team got booed during introductions at a playoff game? Well, it happened to New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi before Sunday night’s Game 3 of the Yankees’ American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.
Goes to show, fans in the Bronx are still not over Girardi’s controversial non-challenge in Game 2, which led to an Indians grand slam and ultimately a five-run comeback as the Yankees went down 0-2 in Cleveland.
Here’s the scene when Girardi was introduced Sunday night, both on TV and from the stadium:
Yankees manager Joe Girardi is booed as he is introduced at Yankee Stadium. https://t.co/0zIaUxK4BQ
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 8, 2017
Yankee fans boo manager Joe Girardi during player introductions. Listen: pic.twitter.com/JYp9UPYVY7
— Joe Noga (@JoeNogaCLE) October 8, 2017
The issue, if you missed it, was Girardi electing not to challenge a hit-by-pitch in Game 2 that looked like it might have hit Lonnie Chisenhall’s bat knob instead of Chisenhall himself. After the game, Girardi said he didn’t want to mess up his pitcher’s rhythm with a two-minute challenge. If he’d known the future — a grand slam that turned an 8-3 game into an 8-7 game — Girardi surely would have changed his mind.
Fans at Game 3 obviously agree. But they left in a much better mood, as the Yankees won 1-0 to stave off elimination.
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