Long ago, the head man of the Yankees in the dugout was a very, very high profile job in the sporting world. However, it seems like Joe Girardi’s 10-year run in New York has been for the most part without controversy and somewhat quiet. Perhaps that is why he has lasted 10-years.
The Yankees had 15 different managers from 1980 until Joe Torre’s arrival for a historic 11-year stint. Girardi’s 10-year stint is the longest run for a manager outside of Torre since 1949-1960 when Casey Stengel managed the Yankees to seven World Series titles.
By that measure, Girardi is the 3rd most historic Yankee manager. His 910 wins rank fifth all-time on the Yankee record books.
He reached a pinnacle early, leading the Yankees to a World Series win in his second year in 2009. He’s survived Jeter’s retirement, A-Rod’s ban and retirement, a mini-rebuild and here the Yankees are tied 2-2 with the defending American League champs. The Yankees have talent, Aaron Judge most notably, but are not a star-studded group. If anything the Yankees are underdogs, overmatched against Cleveland.
Yet Girardi was met with boos Sunday night in New York in response to his not challenging a hit batsman call in Game 3 against the Indians in a 13-inning loss/collapse.
Boos turned to cheers as the Yankees beat the Indians 7-3 to force Game 5 on.
— Joe Noga (@JoeNogaCLE) October 8, 2017
None the less, as Girardi put it, “I kind of expected it, you know,”
“I prepared my family for it. I told my kids what was going to happen,” Girardi said per NJ.com.
“But it’s life. And, again, it’s not going to change who I am. It’s no fun to be booed. But they’re passionate. Our fans are passionate and they want to win, and they get upset when we don’t win or when someone makes a mistake in their eyes. So that’s all part of it.”
Girardi is in the final-year of his contract, and many believe Girardi will not be back in the pinstripes.
Girardi when asked about his future: “Whatever happens, happens.”
None the less, somebody give Girardi a handshake for surviving New York for the last 10 years.
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