The Power Of Words

I don’t know what Joe Torre was doing last off-season, but Joe Girardi is already getting results:

Girardi also told Giambi to arrive in shape, that he was being counted on to do other things besides DH.

"I told him to be in the best shape he possibly could be,"
Girardi said. "We need him to do a lot of different things, go from
first to third, second to home, play some first base. That’s how you
get the most out of people and he looked great. I’d like to see Jason
be a productive offense and defensive player."

If you’ve been  following Pete Abe’s early spring training reports you know that Giambi came to camp in great shape. The same can be said for Johnny Damon, Brian Bruney, Joba Chamberlain, Bobby Abreu and anyone not named Kei Igawa. Apparently, the new skipper used the strategy of communication in order to get these results. Example: He met with Johnny Damon early in the off-season and said to Johnny, "How about this? How about you come to camp physically ready to play baseball this season? Thanks."

Man, he’s good. Compare that to what Torre said to Johnny Damon before last season:

"Johnny, you ever see any photos of Babe Ruth? He was fat. And he was Babe Freakin’ Ruth. Do me a favor. Eat some doughnuts. Enjoy life."

We’re already seeing the difference between the two Joes. Hopefully, this pays off on the field. It would be awful if the abject failures of Torre’s tenure were repeated.

But let me be serious for a second. I must say I’m fine with Torre
moving on. I am excited about this new era in Yanks baseball, and I’ve
been encouraged by what Girardi has said so far. For instance, I’m
pleased that he seems serious about playing Giambi at first, as this is
probably the best way to handle the first base situation. The signing
of Morgan Ensberg also points to the idea that he is more willing than
Torre to take chances on good reclamation projects. And perhaps the
seeming new committment to getting in shape reflects that he has woken
up this veteran team. Maybe Torre had stopped reaching these players.

6 comments… add one
  • I too am very excited for the “Girardi Era”. I was praying they would give him the job when Torre left. It seems he brings a new energy to the team that perhaps was lacking the last few seasons. If he can get Farnsworth going, that would be huge. Not to mention perhaps the comfort level the veterans were feeling may be upset a bit with Joe being more hands on?
    Can’t wait to see some games!!!

    krueg February 20, 2008, 1:09 pm
  • I can’t wait to see a Yankee manager actually argue a call.

    LocklandSF February 20, 2008, 1:25 pm
  • What anti-Torre nonsense.
    Yankee wordsmiths in Joe’s wake are possibly the most officious baseball know-it-alls since Dick Young memorialized each day’s play for the Daily News with hate overloads and never-ending searches for goats.

    Twinkletoes Selkirk IV February 20, 2008, 1:44 pm
  • it should be noted that the “abject failures” of Torre’s time I was referring to were the 4 championships and countless division titles.
    I wasn’t being anti-Torre (I don’t think), but I do think there was a possibility that it might have been time for him to move on.

    Nick-YF February 20, 2008, 1:48 pm
  • Even though it’s obviously way too early to discover whether Joe G. is a better manager than Joe T., I have to think that a change of attitude, a “shake things up” mentality will give you guys a little jolt and infuse the team with a little energy. I’m not saying that watching cutaway shots of Torre, Sideburns, and Jabb- er, Zim, was as boring as watching grass grow. I’m saying it was more boring.

    Andrew BoSox February 20, 2008, 2:33 pm
  • Count me among those who believe it was time for Torre to move on.

    I'mBillMcNeal February 20, 2008, 2:33 pm

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