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Today, writer's from the Miami Herald will be featured.  The two writers offer opposing opinions on the Girardi situation.

The openings of both articles are presented.

First up is Dan Le Batard.

We can argue about whether it was crazy or unfair or cold. We can take sides and wonder how all the unforeseen winning somehow became less important than the frosty relationship Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi had with his bosses. But it ends up being irrelevant noise, the kind that mushrooms around all polarizing issues in athletics these days as debate becomes sport and sports morph into entertainment/gossip/soap opera. The noise can be fun, certainly, but focusing on it is like buying a car because you like the sound of the horn.

Girardi didn't matter enough, regardless of how much outrage there is about his Tuesday firing. He wasn't the reason the surprising Marlins won more than they should have, though he will be incorrectly credited for that, and he wouldn't have been the reason they lost more than they should have, though he would have been incorrectly blamed for that.

Next to bat is Greg Cote.

Fredi Gonzalez stepped into the crowded room to the shutter and whir of cameras capturing his dream coming true Tuesday afternoon. He couldn't stop smiling. He kept trying, but the smile kept winning. You couldn't help but feel happy at that moment for the Marlins' brand-new manager, just as it was very easy to feel good that the club had made a safe, solid, logical choice.

What a shame one man's dream had to come at another man's expense.

What a shame there was a job opening at all.

What a shame all the way around, this mess the Marlins made of the Joe Girardi situation.

It isn't Gonzalez's fault, of course.

I recommend you reading both of them in their entirety.

This is the last post about Girardi being fired.