Joe Girardi is known for many things: his ability to manage the Yankees bullpen, using players in the right type of circumstances and of course, for his binder. Those things (yes, even the binder) make Joe Girardi a great Yankees skipper. Don’t believe me? Take the 2013 Yankees before Rodriguez, Granderson and Soriano joined the team. With almost any other manager, the Yankees wouldn’t be in the position to chase for a Wild Card spot right now. Because of Girardi, the Yankees still have a little bit of faith, hoping to be the Cinderella team of the league. However, aside from Robinson Cano, Girardi is going to be the biggest Yankees free agent hitting the market after the 2013 season.
Now, the question that we’d all like to know is whether he would like to return in 2014. Girardi started his answer with yes, but didn’t give a definitive answer.
“Yeah, I mean, I don’t worry about those details until it’s time to worry about it.” Girardi told ESPN New York. “To me, it doesn’t make sense to worry about it, but I love being here. To me, it’s wasted energy just thinking about it.”
Girardi has said that he likes the atmosphere in New York, the intensity of the fans, the players and the media.
“It’s a tremendous atmosphere.” Girardi said. “If you are a competitor, that is the kind of atmosphere you want to be in and I’m competitive.”
So it’s pretty obvious that Girardi would like to return next year, and I would see no issues with it. Girardi has done an amazing job as the Yankees manager, keeping the mediocre Yankees ball club afloat. There’s no one out there with his quick thinking and tenacity, and let’s face it: Girardi knows how to manage a team in New York, one of the most demanding sports cities in the United States. Making a bold prediction here, I expect to see Joe Girardi at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida in February 2014 for another long, wild exciting year as the manager of the New York Yankees.
NOTES & NEWS
– Austin Romine is still unable to play, revealing to the media his frustration. Let’s just say, Romine said words you can’t say on television (or publish in a blog).
Photo credit: (August 25, 2013 - Source: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America)