Managers are rarely heard during the offseason. Joe Girardi will speak at a handful of charity appearances this winter, and he’ll probably do a few radio interviews, but for the most part we won’t hear from him until the day pitchers and catchers report for spring training.
For now, this morning’s press conference will be his final word.
As we’ve mentioned before, there’s probably not much Girardi can say to explain the past three weeks. His team was playing well at the end of the regular season, then the offense went missing, and now the Yankees are sitting at home on the day the World Series gets started in San Francisco.
“There is only one team that’s going to be happy when the year ends,” Girardi said after Game 4 of the ALCS.
There’s little happiness with the Yankees these days. Some of the anger toward the team will probably subside in the coming weeks, but for now there’s just too much disappointment, and Girardi’s typical patience and optimism are probably going to rub some fans the wrong way when he holds his press conference later this morning.
Maybe he’ll have some injury updates, and maybe he’ll feel free to drop some news that he kept quiet during the season, but for the most part I’m expecting more of the same: A manager who’s still not sure why exactly it ended this way, and who fully believes that his team could win the World Series if given one more chance.
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