Quote of the Day: Joe Girardi isn't paid to put on farewell tours
Yankees manager Joe Girardi is resting Derek Jeter Saturday against the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium. Because he's not paid to put on farewell tours.
For the second straight season, a Yankees legend is going through his final campaign in the MLB, so it's a veritable "farewell tour." This time around, it's Derek Jeter. Last season, it was Mariano Rivera.
And while using the closer isn't as controllable as using an everyday shortstop, Joe Girardi caught some flack from fans in Houston during the last series last season when he decided Rivera wouldn't be used -- meaning that his final outing would fittingly come in Yankee Stadium.
Fast-forward to Saturday, when Jeter is getting a day off. As to concerns that hometown fans who bought tickets to the game will miss out on seeing Jeter, Girardi has the following to offer:
Girardi said he understands people being disappointed when Jeter doesn't play but "I wasn't hired to put on a farewell tour"— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 12, 2014
Pretty spot on. Girardi's job is to try and win a World Series, not to worry about some fans being angry on a Saturday in April. It might sound a bit harsh to put it that way, but it's the cold, hard truth. More truth: Jeter is 39 years old and playing on a surgically-repaired ankle. This might be his first day off at home this season, but it won't be his last.