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V gives Girardi new nickname

In talking about the rivalry, Bobby Valentine referred to Joe Girardi in a way normally reserved for kings or clergy.

"I remember Joe [Torre] complaining about it -- [that's] Joe I," Valentine said. "Joe I. Joe II, I've also heard him complain so it is probably something that wears on you. To play 162 games and these 18 are one-plus 162. Now, you have one-plus that."

Programming note: I'm writing a column about the Rex Ryanization of the Rivalry.