Joe Girardi: 'You've got to move on'

Updated: May 6, 2014, 10:02 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Girardi and umpire Laz Diaz will come together again at home plate Tuesday night, but only for the exchange of lineup cards.

The Yankees manager said as far as he is concerned, the vociferous argument over balls and strikes that got him tossed in the eighth inning of Monday night's 4-1 loss for the New York Yankees will not carry over.

"It's a frustrating game, but you've got to move on," Girardi said. "Today's a new day."

Girardi was about as angry during an argument with an umpire as anyone could remember, firing his hat to the ground several times while shouting at Diaz, who he said had waved a finger at him, in dismissive Dikembe Mutombo style, when he had complained about a third-strike call on Kelly Johnson in the second inning.

In fact, Girardi was so fired up, he virtually lost his voice and spoke in a gravelly whisper before Monday's game.

"I obviously respect the people that are on the field, but anyone who knows me knows that I have a switch and I can be really fiery," he said. "That's just who I am. I'm not going to try to not be who I am, try to be calm in those [situations]; that's just who I am. I'm not a guy that looks for those things, it's just my nature."

After Monday's game, Girardi said he wasn't sure if he had any recourse available to him against Diaz.

But he said a day later that, after a conversation with GM Brian Cashman, he was no longer thinking about seeking retribution.

"I've heard people complain that there's no arguments now that there's replay; well, there was one last night," he said. "If they missed it, I'm not doing it again tonight. I have no voice."

And while Girardi said on Monday he didn't know if Diaz's strike-zone calling in the bottom of the eighth -- in which Yankees pitchers Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton and Preston Claiborne walked six batters, allowing the Angels to score three times without a hit -- was affected by the argument, he said he did not expect there to be any residual effect.

"It's happened enough that you get practice at it," Girardi said. "It happened to me as a player and it's happened to me as a manager. The first time, maybe you had some concerns with what's going to take place the next day, but like anything else, the more times you go through it, the more you understand how it works."

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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