Today was my first look at the manager’s office at Yankee Stadium since Joe Girardi took over.
It’s the same office Joe Torre left. Same desk, same bookshelf, same refrigerator.
But that was it. Torre had 12 seasons worth of souvenirs crammed onto the bookshelf, all sorts of books, photos, bobblehead dolls and other keepsakes. The photos on the wall were mostly signed shots of celebrities. Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle and the like. It was a mini museum.
Girardi’s office is spartan by comparison. A few family photos, Jets and Giants helmets, framed photos of some old Yankees and giant containers of whey protein that he apparently mixes into a drink of some sort. The old skipper had his green tea and vitamins; the new one has whey protein.
According to Wikipedia, whey protein is used by body builders. I’m starting to wonder if Girardi wanted to manage the Yankees so he could save money on gym fees.
But what caught my eye immediately was a copy of the Baseball Prospectus 2008 annual on the shelf behind the desk. Baseball Prospectus in the manager’s office?
Yep, Joe Torre doesn’t live here any more.