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Girardi Skips Wang's Next Start But Tells Wang The Other Team Forfeited

posted Apr 21, 2009, 9:32 AM by Steven Seagal   [ updated Apr 21, 2009, 9:35 AM ]
As New York Yankees SP Chien-Ming Wang's ERA continues to balloon, manager Joe Girardi has decided that it's best for the team and for Wang himself if they skip his next start at Fenway park this weekend. According to sources Wang has been "very depressed" for the past few games so Joe Girardi was forced to lie to Wang as not to hurt his feelings any further. "I couldn't bear to look [Wang] in the eyes and tell him we were going to skip his next start" Girardi told reporters, "I just told his interpreter to tell Wang that the Red Sox were scared of him and had forfeited".
According to Girardi, this move is seen as a self esteem boost to Wang who has been 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA, 4.83 WHIP allowing a .622 Batting average against. After Girardi told Wang that the Red Sox had forfeited their game against Wang, Girardi said "Boy, when I told him, his eyes just lit up. He looked over his shoulder at [Mariano] Rivera and started flexing his muscles. I almost started laughing. I had to walk away".
Girardi told reporters he was used to lying to his players. "Sure I lie" Girardi said "I tell Derek [Jeter] he's a superb shortstop after I replace him in close games with Ramiro Pena. I tell Brett Gardner we aren't going to replace him via a trade. Hell, I even tell A-Rod everyone is laughing with him, not at him. Every manager lies like that, right?"