Girardi wins World Series, helps crash victim on way home

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On his way home from managing the Yankees to their 27th championship last night Joe Girardi reportedly “stopped to help a woman who had lost control of her car on the Cross County Parkway and crashed into a wall.”
According to Hoa Nguyen of the New York Journal News, the crash happened at 2:25 a.m. and 27-year-old Marie Henry was “stunned by the accident, but otherwise uninjured.”
As for Girardi, he “had passed through a driving while intoxicated checkpoint” that was being run by “a self-described huge Yankees fan” police officer who “congratulated him on his first win as a manager and waved him through.”
Nguyen adds that Andy Pettitte “also passed through earlier” and Westchester County police officer Kathleen Cristiano explained that they “came through with a smile.” All of which is perhaps much ado about nothing, but it’s at least worth noting that Girardi and Pettitte were making their way home from a Yankees clubhouse that was just shown on national television drenched in champagne.
After flagging down police offers Girardi reportedly told them that he “had to get going” and “ran across traffic again to reach his car.” As county Sgt. Thomas McGurn put it: “He could have gotten killed. Traffic goes by at 80 miles per hour.” Quite a night, huh?

Cincinnati Reds fire Bryan Price

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The Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Bryan Price. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Jim Riggleman. The team also fired pitching coach Mack Jenkins. The club also added Louisville manager Pat Kelly to the staff as the new bench coach and Double-A pitching coach Danny Darwin as the new big league pitching coach.

It was only a matter of time for Price, whose Reds have begun the season 3-15. This was Price’s fifth season at the helm and the Reds never won more than 76 games in any of his previous seasons, doing so in his first year, in 2014. They won 68 games in both 2016 and 2017 and 64 games in 2015. While that’s far more attributable to the Reds talent level than anything Price ever did or did not do, at some point the manager will take the fall for a team that makes no progress.

Price’s tenure will likely be considered largely forgettable in the view of history, but he did have a pretty memorable moment as Reds manager in April of 2015, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade at the media because they reported the availability or lack thereof of certain players for an upcoming game. Which is part of the media’s job, even if Price didn’t fully grok that at the time. The tirade itself was pretty epic, though, with then Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans reporting that “there were 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).” 

Taking over will be Jim Riggleman, who last managed in the big leagues with the Washington Nationals, resigning in June of 2011 because he was unhappy that he did not get a contract extension. It was a weird episode, the sort of which a lot of guys couldn’t have come back from, perhaps being considered quitters. Riggleman took a job managing the Reds’ Double-A team, however, then moved on to Triple-A and then the Reds’ big league coaching staff. There’s something to be said for persistence. And for being a big league lifer.

Anyway, Price’s exit is not likely to change the Reds’ course too much in 2018. But, as it is so often said in baseball, sometimes you gotta make a change all the same.