The weekend has come and gone, the ALCS has started, and it seems time for the Yankees to move on.
It’s rare that a team makes too much noise before the end of the World Series, but the Yankees will at least begin the process of moving forward when Joe Girardi holds his end-of-the-season press conference tomorrow. Girardi has already received a vote of confidence from his general manager.
“I thought he did a great job, I really did,” Brian Cashman said. “I thought Joe did a great job. This team, I don’t think by anybody — including myself — was picked to have the best record in the A.L. And we didn’t really change that roster much at all, other than promotions. We found a way to slot people in and make them believe in themselves. Like (in Game 5), unfortunate circumstance with Nova, and every time we opened that bullion door, guys found a way to hold it. There wasn’t really much of an opportunity for him to do much other managing than mixing and matching throughout the day.”
If the Yankees are going to make any real news this week, it’s likely to include Cashman himself. His contract doesn’t expire until the end of the month, but Buster Olney has already reported that Cashman and the Yankees are working toward a new deal that could be finalized before the end of the week.
“I promise the owners will continue to put that effort forth to find a way to put us in a position to have success in October,” Cashman said. “I don’t want to be talking about the failure side of it at all, but that’s what we have to do.”
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