Alex Rodriguez joined the chorus criticizing the Yankees’ perplexing Game 2 decision to start an opener, ripping general manager Brian Cashman for the decision that may have turned the American League Division Series in the Rays’ favor.
Speaking on the Fox postgame show, Rodriguez went after the move in which rookie Deivi Garcia started, was pulled after allowing a first-inning run, and J.A. Happ was inserted. Happ was shaky, the Yankees lost and after a one-sided Game 3 setback, they now face elimination on Thursday.
“I’m still scratching my head,” Rodriguez said. “You’re the New York Yankees. You’re the biggest, most successful franchise maybe in sports. You’re number one in payroll with $240 million. You have to play your game. You’ve done it for over 120 years. You hav3e 27 championships. You’ve done it as an alpha. You’ve done it the old-fashioned way.
“You get to Game 1, you do it the old-fashioned way,” A-Rod went on. “Great starting pitching and you get nine outs from the bullpen. And then to Game 2, the front office wants to get involved and then you start getting gimmicky. To me, the Yankee roster has to bail out Brian Cashman and the front office. And they’ve done some wonderful things. Game 2 was a mistake, and it was a mistake for about 20 different reasons.
“The players start saying, ‘What are we doing?’ You start spending so much time trying to figure out how to outsmart the Ivy Leaguers over there. That’s not your game. Don’t play Jeopardy!, play baseball. Players win championships.”
Cashman told The Post’s Joel Sherman it was an organizational decision and Boone ultimately had the final say. But Rodriguez didn’t buy it.
“I’m sorry for ranting here, but we used to say, ‘If a manager can stay out of the game, that’ll be great.’ Now we have to say, ‘Front offices have to stay out of the game.’ Frustrating,” he said. “That last thing I’ll say is it’s unfortunate that Aaron Boone has to sit there and explain to the media what he’s doing.
“I would love the smart Ivy Leaguers to come down – the front office – and explain to us why that was a smart move for the New York Yankees and that fan base.”