Oh Wally Matthews…
For once, he wasn’t “G.I. Joe” or “Joey Looseleafs” or “Binder Boy,” the guy who is on autopilot in front of a reporter, and at the mercy of his splits, his spray charts and his heat maps in the privacy of the manager’s office.
For the five minutes or so that he shouted at, gestured at and lectured the umpires on the field at Comerica Park, culminated by a stage exit complete with waving arms and rolling eyeballs, he was a living, passionate, fire-breathing human being.
This was the second paragraph of a Matthews’s piece on ESPN New York which was posted last night shortly after 9 P.M. EST.
It’s all about Joe Girardi getting fired up during yesterday’s game and how his tantrum may have sparked the team to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Seeing Girardi have a meltdown and get ejected from the game was the most exciting thing about it. Not Mark Teixeira’s game-tying home run or Eric Chavez’s go-ahead home run in the eighth inning – which by the way, were back-to-back. Nah, why would in-game action matter? It’s all about Girardi showing everyone he’s a living, breathing, human being and not some cold, unfeeling cyborg.
And according to Matthews, “It was truly a joy to see.”
I don’t know about you guys but I have had it with the binder jokes. They’re tired, they’re stale and they’re stupid. And the fact that Matthews felt it necessary to include his sophomoric names for the Yankees manager in an actual article is completely laughable.
This wasn’t just a quick blog post made in the heat of the moment during the game, this was a thought out, 1,200 word article written hours after the game had ended.
It’s just another reason in the long list of many why ESPN New York and its writers are not good enough for Yankee fans.