As badly as Joe Girardi handled the infamous non-challenge in Game 2 against the Indians, excuse-making and all, it seems only fair to point out that since then he has not only owned his mistake but reacted as professionally as possible to questions about his job status and being booed before Game 3.

In short, the ordeal has humanized the often-robotic Girardi in some ways, which you’d think might temper the vitriol among the fans — the more reasonable ones, anyway.

Fans have every right to boo, but it’s not often a manager gets that type of treatment before a playoff game. And having been around Girardi for so many years, I thought he’d dismiss questions about it afterward, or maybe even pretend he didn’t notice.



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