Joe Girardi talked a little bit about the Cubs job the other day after Lou Piniella vacated the job and it's no surprise it was a major topic of discussion today as the Yankees opened a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago.
Girardi addressed it -- like he knew he was going to have to -- but didn't dismiss anything.
The New York Daily News has a rundown of his comments :
"I'm going to talk about it for a few minutes today and that's going to be it," Girardi said. "As I've said all along, my responsibility is to the Yankees. I was hired by the Yankees to do a job, we're in a division race - a very tight division race - and my job is to prepare this team to play every day. That's what I'm focusing on.
"My faith has always been extremely important to me. I've never worried about next year. I'm happy with my contract situation, I feel I'm fortunate to be one of 30 managers with a contract right now managing in the big-leagues. There are people in this organization that have done a lot more for this organization than I have that don't have contracts. We're not worried about it for next year. I'm worried about right now." Girardi was referring to Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, who are both in the final years of their contract. Neither of those two seem to be going anywhere, and honestly, it's still a stretch to think Girardi will go to Chicago, but it's certainly good leverage and you can't blame the guy for using it.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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