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Joe went way too far with Sabathia

CC clearly gassed, but skipper strangely stuck with him -- and got burned

Updated: April 5, 2010, 12:43 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- Opening Night could not signal open season on Joe Girardi. The Yankees' manager needs to be criticized in a different context than the one that nearly choked the professional life out of him in Year 1, when succeeding Joe Torre was a burden too great to bear.

Girardi humanized himself with the players and the media in Year 2. The catcher famous for a World Series triple finally touched them all as Torre's successor, earning the right to upgrade his jersey number from 27 ...

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