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Updated: October 15th, 2012 5:20pm
Against expanded replay after Mauer play in '09, Girardi changes tune

Against expanded replay after Mauer play in '09, Girardi changes tune

by Phil Mackey
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was rightfully upset about his team winding up on the wrong side of two blown calls in crucial situations of Games 1 and 2 -- both losses -- of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers this past weekend.

Girardi was so upset, in fact, that he openly advocated for Major League Baseball to expand its use of instant replay.

"It's frustrating," Girardi said. "I don't have a problem with Jeff's effort, I don't, because he hustled to get to the play. But in this day and age when we have instant replay available to us, it's got to change. These guys are under tremendous amounts of pressure. ...

"It is a tough call for him, because the tag is underneath and it's hard for him to see. And it takes more time to argue and get upset than you get the call right. Too much is at stake. We play 235 days to get to this point, and two calls go against us. We lose it by one run last night."

Twins fans might remember Girardi singing a different tune on Oct. 10, 2009, just one day after a blown call by umpire Phil Cuzzi helped the Yankees take a 2-0 series lead over the Twins in the ALDS.

In that game, Joe Mauer led off the top of the 11th inning with what should have been a double down the left-field line, but Cuzzi called the ball foul. Mauer wound up singling, but he would have scored on Jason Kubel's ensuing single to right field. Instead, the Twins didn't score, and Mark Teixeira hit a walk-off homer shortly after to win the game.

In his media session the next day, Girardi said the following about expanded instant replay:

"The thing about baseball is it's a real rhythm game, and I am sure football is, too, but I think if you were to start to instant replay all these plays, I think it would break the rhythm of the game, and our games all get to be four (hours) long. If you start instant replaying everything, then you could go as far as a strike and it could just become too long.

"I like the way they are doing it, just home run calls, those are important plays, and there are other important plays, and you could look at the play the other night and say that was an important play, but I think there would be too many things that people would want instant replay and where would you stop?"

Funny how things change when the shoe is on the other foot.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Jason Kubel, Joe Mauer