Asked how enjoyable this season had been for him, Girardi said, “Up until Friday, probably pretty good.”
Girardi, who was roundly booed during introductions before Game 3 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, said that his young, talented roster — and a farm system regarded as one of the best in baseball — made managing the Yankees an attractive job. “Obviously, there’s a ton of talent here,” Girardi said.
When he was asked what he would do if he were not managing, Girardi said there were a few dream jobs he had in mind, but that they would most likely not be open to him. The only one he actually mentioned — with a laugh — was commissioner of baseball.
What his wife and his three children — two are teenagers and one is in college — had to say would be important to him.
“I really enjoy managing. I enjoy the competition, I enjoy the relationships, I enjoy watching people have success — and all are part of it,” he said. “But again, they make a lot of sacrifices so I can do this and that’s why I need to talk to them.”
As for whether the last 48 hours had tarnished his reputation, Girardi acknowledged the depth of the rancor toward him.
“Well, I mean, you hope that it doesn’t come to that,” he said. “But there’s a lot of people that are upset with me and that’s all part of it, and that’s something that I have to deal with. The only thing I can do is give my best to this team moving forward and that’s what I’ll do.”