Girardi shows rare emotion in Yanks win

The Yankees skipper has never been in a fistfight, but that almost changed Friday night

Updated: June 12, 2011, 8:46 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It was like watching Mr. Spock throw a hissy fit.

There was Joe Girardi -- the Vulcan-like, almost robotic New York Yankees manager -- ready to burst a jugular vein screaming at his Cleveland Indians counterpart, Manny Acta, over a play that even Girardi would admit was "old school."

If you didn't know the guy, you would have been convinced that he was about to throw down.

"I'm gonna protect my guys," Girardi said after the Yankees had completed a messy 11-7 ...

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