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First Pitch: Girardi and the Red Sox-Yankees

There are no fake mustaches. There is no commenting on other teams. There is no extra mustard.

Not with Joe Girardi, anyway. What you see is what you get.

Girardi is no Bobby Valentine -- and he doesn't want to be.

As far as entertainment, there is no comparison between the two. Valentine spent Monday waving goodbye to the ejected Ozzie Guillen. Girardi was his usual, intentionally bland self.

When talking about the Yankees' exhibition tonight, Valentine sarcastically said, "I won't be able to sleep. This will be a big one. We want to set the tone [Tuesday.] We really want to let them know who we are. Send a message.”

Girardi doesn't believe in sending messages -- sarcastic or otherwise -- through the media. He approaches his job more as just, well, a job, like anyone else's.

He thinks Tuesday is just as meaningless as Valentine apparently does, but Girardi says it in his own way.

"I'm sure there will be a different excitement level in the stands," Girardi said. "I'm not so sure our players will get to caught up in it during the season. You have to go out and play. There is always a different atmosphere in the stands."

Girardi also won't look to address anything with Valentine.

"I worry about my club," Girardi said. "I worry about my present-day club. I'm not worried about three years ago, a year ago, 10 years ago. I'm worried about now. Tomorrow. Today."

Ultimately, the side shows don't matter. Managers are judged by the final score, and the two men leading the Yankees and Red Sox know that.

UP NOW: My column on Reggie Jackson saying Bobby V's brain will add to the rivalry, not his mouth. Jackson also rips Jason Varitek, if you like that sort of thing.

ON-DECK CIRCLE: First pitch from Ivan Nova will be at 7:05 p.m. The Red Sox will be starting Felix Doubront. The clubhouse will be open from 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. We will be on the blog all day and night. Thanks for reading.

IN THE HOLE: At 11:15 a.m., I will post a fun story about CC Sabathia, Bo Jackson, James Worthy and Magic Johnson.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Would you rather have a manager like Bobby Valentine or Joe Girardi?