Report: Girardi Spared A-Rod Embarrassment

Girardi Protected A-Rod In Game 1 Of The ALCS
(credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

(credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBS New York) - Jon Heyman of CBSSports reported on Friday evening that Joe Girardi made a special request to the public address announcer not to announce Alex Rodriguez’s name when the slumping slugger was pulled from Game 1 of ALCS.

The Yankee Stadium public address system did not announce A-Rod’s name as he was replaced by pinch-hitter Eric Chavez.  Chavez ended up hitting a fly out and Detroit went on to win the game in 12 innings, 6-4.

Girardi made a controversial phone call from the dugout to spare A-Rod further embarrassment.  It may have violated MLB tampering rules.

Previously, Rodriguez was pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez in Game 3 of the ALDS.  Brian Cashman confirmed the decision was entirely Girardi’s idea and not that of Chad Bohlin, the Yankees’ director of mental conditioning.

Cashman also confirmed the benching of A-Rod during the playoffs was completely up to Girardi.

It was an embarrassing playoffs for Rodriguez.  A-Rod found himself losing playing time to Chavez and Eduardo Nunez.  He was caught in a high-profile flirting incident with Australian models from the bench during Game 1.  Rodirguez went on to finish the playoffs 3-for-25.

A-Rod, Cashman and Girardi have all stated their belief that Rodriguez will return to the Yankees in 2013.

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