At some point this afternoon, before tonight’s Yankees game against the White Sox, Joe Girardi is going to talk about his expiring contract and the Chicago Cubs managerial opening. He’s going to do it with both New York and Chicago media on hand in hopes that this will be a one-time-only event, getting the questions out of the way all at once, much like Derek Jeter did in spring training.
“I don’t know what they’re going to ask, but I’m going to do it on Friday and that will be it,” Girardi said on the last day in Toronto. “It’s just another thing you have to deal with. I understand people want to know what you’re thinking, but my responsibility is here.”
It’s hard to imagine Girardi will say much he hasn’t already said. He pretty much laid it out on Monday.
“I know I have a background (in Chicago),” he said. “I’m not going to skirt around my background there. I grew up a Cubs fan. I played for the Cubs. But I’m not worried about that right now. I’m worried about what we’re doing now. We’re in a fight.”
That’s pretty much all you can expect from him. Maybe Girardi will make some grand announcement this afternoon, but it’s more likely he’ll acknowledge the facts — he has strong ties to both organizations, he’s won in New York, he has family in Chicago — without actually revealing anything. Acknowledge the basic facts and move on.
It worked for Jeter.