Rafael Soriano stood at his locker and apologized to the media for not speaking after he did the heavy lifting in blowing CC Sabathia’s masterpiece in the eighth inning. He said he was just upset about what had just happened and didn’t want to speak. His agent, Scott Boras, told him that he needs to face reporters no matter what happens. Joe Girardi talked to him as well.
That tidbit via LoHud earlier today. I have to say I felt totally different about Soriano after reading it. It doesn’t matter that Boras told him to apologize. What’s important is that he did the deed, sucked it up, changed his behavior. That showed me something.
I’m a sucker for an apology. I don’t mean the kind of apologies that politicians make after they get caught in some scandal. I mean the kind of “I’m sorry”s that come after there’s been a recognition of wrongdoing and remorse for having done it.
Jason Giambi was the first Yankee to get caught for taking steroids. In those days you weren’t allowed to spell out exactly what you did because of legal consequences, but he had a press conference and said he was sorry and everybody moved on. At least most people did.
Andy Pettitte? Same thing. He stood there and admitted what he did and that was the end of it.
A-Rod? His detractors will always hate him, but he seems to have won back a lot of good will after his public mea culpas.
I don’t mean to suggest that not talking to the media after a bad game rises to the level of taking banned substances. I’m just saying that people tend to forgive you if you say you’re sorry.
And now I think I’ll jump off my soapbox and say I’m sorry tonight’s game was rained out!