Emotional Girardi says Yankees supported him after Game 2 blunder
After his team forced a deciding Game 5, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi touched on an emotional 48 hours preceding from a controversial judgement call made during his team's tough Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
"When you go through what we went through on - I don't even remember what day that was, Friday, it's as difficult a loss as I've had as a manager," a visibly emotional Girardi said, according to ASAP Sports.
"(I've) had some difficult losses as a player. But it's really difficult. And it's difficult because I care so much. And it's not just, it's not caring about myself. It's caring about everyone else that is involved and that is wrapped up in the Yankee baseball. You know, whether it's the fans, the front office, the owner, the players, the trainers, the support staff, the coaches. I really care. And, you know, we've gotten it back to 2-2, and we got a shot now."
" ... So it's a totally different feeling than it was the other day, and these guys have picked me up."
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Girardi has been the target of harsh criticism deriving from his decision not to challenge a hit-by-pitch involving Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall, which led to a grand slam courtesy of Francisco Lindor.
The next game, Girardi was heavily booed during pre-game introductions, a move the manager said he was prepared for. The Yankees would go on to shut out the Indians 1-0.
Now, Girardi and the Yankees will have an opportunity to complete the comeback after trailing 2-0 in the series.