PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Gillick spent much of the last month vacationing in Germany and Russia. He just turned 73, and he loves the job he has as a Phillies consultant.
And yet, Gillick won't rule out taking another job as a major-league general manager.
"You never know," he said, before the Phillies-Braves game Tuesday night. "The right situation, I might -- if it's the right situation."
Gillick is one of the best general managers ever, having built winning teams with four different franchises. He won two World Series with the Blue Jays, made the playoffs in Baltimore and Seattle and then put together the Phillies team that won it all in 2008.
Gillick retired as the Phillies general manager after the 2008 World Series, turning the team over to assistant Ruben Amaro.
"The reason I left here was that Ruben was ready," Gillick said. "Ruben had gone through a number of interviews [elsewhere], we were together for three years, and it's just like a guy that's in Triple-A, and you say, 'Is he ready to go to the big leagues?' At some point, you think the guy's ready. He was ready."
Gillick said that there was another reason he made the move at that time.
"I tried to leave him a good club, too," he said. "I've been accused that I picked my spot to get out [in the first three jobs]. That's not true."
It's hard to what Gillick would consider the "right situation," and it's hard to know if that right situation even exists. Given Gillick's record of success, though, you'd think any team with an opening would at least want to ask him.