Here is my tape of Joe Girardi’s meeting with the print media today.
Some foof asked a stupid question in the beginning about where he likes to go eat in Chicago. But after that it was all baseball.
Girardi is a direct guy who gives direct answers, as you will hear. He had his problems with the writers who cover the Marlins. But working with the media is one of the things he told the Yankees he learned about during his year as manager. Brian Cashman said that was a subject that came up during the interview.
Working as a broadcaster for a year should help that as well.
Ultimately, winning or losing will define him as a manager. But media relations is a major part of the job in New York. For better or for worse, it’s how a public figure gets defined. A manager speaks to the fans via the media.
It’s pretty simple. If there is some question about the team, the manager can answer it or we will find somebody else who will. That could mean a player, an agent, a team executive or anybody. You don’t get a job at a newspaper in New York by giving up easily.
Joe Torre had a way of taking a bad situation and smoothing it over. He almost never said “no comment” or “that’s a team matter.” He came up with an answer.
Girardi is a smart guy. He will come up with a way to answer questions. He’s been around New York and he knows how it works. He will get advice from Torre (he already has) and he will learn. I hope so, anyway.
If you don’t think this stuff matters, ask Art Howe. He was finished as Mets manager three months into the job and still hasn’t recovered.
Anyway, here’s the audio from Joe Girardi: