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Girardi admits he ‘screwed up’; Chapman apologies to Girardi; All hope is not lost

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
I done messed up, A-A-Ron
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Newsday | Erik Boland: Joe Girardi messed up Friday night. He messed up real bad. There was no good or real excuse for not challenging the hit by pitch call in Game 2. Initially after the game he said he didn’t want to mess with Chad Green’s rhythm, which was a terrible excuse. Yesterday, he finally owned up and admitted that he simply “screwed up.” This doesn’t really matter or make a difference, we shouldn’t be here discussing this, but here we are and at least he’s owning up to it now?

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Joe Girardi messed up Friday night. He messed up real bad. There was no good—oh I did this already? Well, yeah. He messed up THAT bad. So much so that people were calling for his job because he didn’t challenge that call. After the game, Aroldis Chapman liked a comment on Instagram calling Girardi an imbecile and hoping his contract wasn’t renewed. Chapman says he liked the post by mistake and apologized to Girardi yesterday during team workouts.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Down 2-0 in the ALDS to the best team in baseball, most Yankee fans probably lost all hope. “Fortunately,” the Yankees have actually been here before. They’ve come back from being down 2-0 before. While Game 2 was crushing, hopefully the Yankees can take the good from it and use it. After all, it’s only coming back in a five-game series. It’s not like they’re down 3-0 in a seven-game series, because as we all know, no team has EVER come back from that.

Light in the Darkness

Love you, Gary. Hopefully the Yankees can rally around Gary Sanchez’s optimism. I mean, uh, look at this arrogant son of a bunt! He’s clearly got an attitude problem. Look how lazy he is, just taking a quote from someone else instead of making up his own inspirational saying!