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The pinch-hit heard 'round the world

Girardi pulls A-Rod for Ibanez -- and makes one of gutsiest calls in Yankees history

Updated: October 11, 2012, 2:49 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- If he was willing to offer up a human sacrifice, Joe Girardi could have made it easy on himself. The manager of the New York Yankees could have sent Alex Rodriguez up there to strike out for a third time, fed him to an angry mob of fans needing to vent before heading to their cars and a silent ride home.

Girardi could have put it all on the defenseless Rodriguez, who might as well have been swinging an old maid's broom at the plate. He could have made A-Rod the face of ...

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