New York, New York, big city of dreams
But everything in New York ain’t always what it seems
Grandmaster Flash had it right, especially if you’re a coach or manager of one of the nine pro franchises in the metropolitan area.
Joe Girardi has been the manager of the Yankees for 14 months now. Now that Eric Mangini has been canned, only four coaches or managers have been at their respective jobs longer: Tom Coughlin (Giants since 2004), Lawrence Frank (Nets since 2004), Tom Renney (Rangers, 2004) and Brent Sutter (Devils, July 2007).
The Knicks, Mets, Islanders and now the Jets have all made changes since Girardi was hired by the Yankees. Isn’t that amazing?
Mangini is a smart young guy who probably knows football. But his tough-guy act with the players wore thin; he alienated the media and then he lost the fans by pretending everything was OK when it wasn’t. Then today he became Tessio.
It’s never personal in New York, only business. The question now is who gets it next.