Quote of the Day: Joe Girardi isn't paid to put on farewell tours

Joe Girardi, seemingly telling Derek Jeter what he's paid to do.
Joe Girardi, seemingly telling Derek Jeter what he's paid to do. (USATSI)

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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:

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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