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Girardi: “How do we get better?”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi was on the Mike Francesa Show this afternoon. There was nothing particularly new that came out of it, but Girardi did touch on a few things that have been talked about these past 24 hours.

He said his final message to the team after last night’s loss started with positive words about the things the Yankees actually did accomplish this season, then Girardi looked ahead.

“My message to them after that was, how do we get better?” Girardi said. “All of us. And I said it starts with me. How do we all get better so we don’t have this feeling again? It’s really empty because it’s so abrupt.”

A few other topics that Girardi touched on…

On the difficulty of managing after losing his father
“It wasn’t. In your downtime you find yourself thinking of your parents and what you’re going through. … Sometimes it might be easier to be at work.”

On the total lack of postseason offense
“It’s hard for me to put my finger on how it was so difficult. Why so many guys had such a difficult time, because these are guys that were good hitters during the course of the season. … It just seems like some holes got exposed. Maybe our guys got frustrated when some things didn’t go right early on in the series. It’s hard for me to put my finger on.”

On the decision to bench Alex Rodriguez
“It had nothing to do with anything but what I felt was our best opportunity that day. … I just think he was one of our guys that was struggling. … I seek input, but the bottom line is, I’m the one that signs that card.”

On potential roster changes this offseason
“I think there’s going to be a lot of action this year just because we have so many free agents. … We have a lot of work to do this offseason. You have to build a rotation again. … You look at Granderson has an option, Swisher is a free agent, a lot of our bench players (are free agents).”

On how the Yankees can get better in clutch situations
“I think it’s something that has to change. I’m not so sure the personnel has to change, but we have to get better at it.”

On whether he would make any different choices in the ALCS
“I wouldn’t. I think that our decisions were well thought out. You have to live with your decisions.”

On the future of Eduardo Nunez
“I think for him to be consistent, he’s probably going to have to play every day. … I still think you have to look at him as a future shortstop because you’re making an evaluation on a guy who plays maybe once every 10 days.”

On Robinson Cano’s postseason struggles
“This is the hardest one for me to explain. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to come up with an answer why Robinson Cano struggled as much as he did. … I don’t know if frustration built up in him, (or) he felt like he had to carry the club.”

Associated Press photo via the Quad City Times 




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