We’ll begin with Girardi’s comment on the possibility of Jorge Posada having played his last game with the Yankees.
“I can’t tell you exactly what’s going to happen with Jorge,” Girardi said. “But whenever you do say goodbye to someone, it’s difficult. I could tell how difficult that last day was with him.
“Jorge is a fiery guy. Jorge brings an intensity every day and when a player leaves and a new player comes in — and I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen — the important thing is the guy is who he is, and he doesn’t try to be someone else because when you try to be someone that you’re not, I think it ends up hurting you in the long run.
“But whenever Jorge does decide to call it quits, and if this was it, we’re going to miss him. No doubt about it. We’re going to miss that intensity and what he brought to the game every day. Someone’s going to have to bring that or their own personality.”
• On CC Sabathia’s weight gain during the season: “He gained a few pounds, but I don’t think it affected him,” Girardi said. “A lot of players put on a few pounds during the course of a season, some will lose a few. It’s different. I happened to be a guy that stayed exactly the same the whole year long. But I don’t think it affected him. CC works very hard and he actually pitched lighter than he did probably last year.”
• Girardi indicated that he expects all of his coaches to come back next season. “The first guy that probably has to get done is Brian Cashman,” Girardi said. “And that’s something that we’ll talk about. My coaches worked hard, and I was happy with my coaches, but that’s something I’ll talk with Brian when and if he gets done. That’s not something I’m really ready to approach yet.”
An issue that seemed dead came back to life yesterday. Were the Yankees too home run dependent this season? “I think our offense became a little more diversified this year with the speed we had and the stolen bases, and we could score runs necessarily without hitting the long ball,” Girardi said. “But that’s part of who we are and part of the age we live in. You look at a lot of clubs, up and down a lineup, you might have five or six guys that can hit 20 home runs. That’s just the age… But I think from a speed standpoint, we can do a lot more things. We could do a lot more things this year than maybe in the years previous.”
• What was Girardi’s message to the team after the Game 5 loss? “I told them that there was really nothing I could say that was going to make anyone in that room feel any better,” Girardi said. “There really wasn’t. I thought they played hard all year long. I thought they gave us everything they got. And I thought they played like champions would play, even thought we’re not going to be champs this season. That was gist of my message.”
• One random tidbit: Girardi said he still hasn’t spoken to Hal Steinbrenner since the end of the division series. He saw Steinbrenner on the day of Game 5, but the two haven’t spoken since.
• Has Girardi been watching the playoffs? “A little bit, not a lot,” he said. “I’ve been pretty busy with my family. Sometimes when you lose in the fashion that we did, it’s kind of hard to turn it on.”
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