When Yankees manager Joe Girardi pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez in the ALDS with Raul Ibanez the P.A. announcer, as is typical, announced that A-Rod was being pinch hit for by Ibanez. Then in the two times A-Rod was pinch hit for in the ALCS, the P.A. announcer announced the pinch hitter, but not A-Rod’s name.
That’s because following the ALDS, Girardi called the P.A. announcer and asked him not to mention A-Rod’s name when he was being pinch hit for to spare him unnecessary boos from the Yankee Stadium crowd, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that this was an attempt to spare A-Rod’s feelings, rather than humiliate into waiving his no-trade clause as many have insisted.
It was a subtle, but smart move by Girardi to show that he is on A-Rod’s side rather than what happened between A-Rod and his former manager Joe Torre, who was clearly trying to humiliate A-Rod in 2006 when he batted him 8th in the ALDS.
It doesn’t make any sense for the Yankees to humiliate A-Rod. He’s still under contract for the next five years and was still an above average third baseman who finished with a 112 OPS+. Both Cashman and Girardi have said that they expect him to be the everyday third baseman next season and that he was only benched because he struggled against righties this year while Eric Chavez thrived against them. Cashman said that he will not be shopping A-Rod this offseason, but admitted that he’s willing to listen to offers.