Inadvertently or not, the Yankees humiliated Alex Rodriguez when they pinch hit for him and benched him in the playoffs and manager Joe Girardi has been trying to make sure he didn’t alienate him the way Joe Torre did ever since.
First there was the leaked story that Girardi called the Yankee Stadium P.A. announcer with instructions that he didn’t say A-Rod’s name during pinch hitting announcements. Now there is a leaked story that Girardi reached out to A-Rod over the phone this week.
“It was a great conversation,”‘ a source told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. “Joe could not have been more supportive, and Alex could not have been more receptive.”
“They’ve got a really great rapport,” the source said. “Alex said, ‘You’re the boss. You’ve got to fill out the lineup card. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.'”
According to the report, Girardi didn’t call to apologize, but instead explained himself a bit and talked about Alex’s future with the ball club and offseason expectations.
Even if he did waive it that doesn’t mean it would be easy to trade him. A-Rod is owed $114 million plus another $4 million in unpaid signing bonuses and up to $30 million more in historic bonus clauses for hitting home runs. So he’s likely going to stick around for the next five years whether the Yankees like it or not which is why Girardi is making such an effort to make sure he’s happy.