One more thing I’d almost forgotten about from Sunday night’s Joe Girardi event at The Harvey School…
The event was moderated by sports broadcaster Jimmy Roberts, who did a kind of CenterStage type interview with Girardi before a short question-and-answer session with the audience. Roberts asked Girardi about everything from his childhood to his plans for the 2014 Yankees, and at one point, Roberts took a shot on asking Girardi about the possibility of signing Masahiro Tanaka. Rather than a typical free agent comment — he’s a good player, would be a nice addition, blah blah blah — Girardi gave what sounded like a legitimate sales pitch. Maybe he thought Tanaka was in the audience.
Here’s what Girardi said about the Yankees pursuit of the Japanese ace:
“I think it’s possible. This is a guy that went 24-0. Started games, closed their clinching game. He loves competition. He loves the atmosphere. This kid has been highly touted since he was out high school, basically. He has been in the big moment. If you want a chance to win every year, and you like the big stage – which it appears that he likes – this would be a good place to come. So I think that we have a lot to offer him. You think about, he’s got Hiroki Kuroda to lean on his first year if he comes here. He’s got Ichiro. New York, I think, has a tremendous Asian population and he will be supported there throughout the year. I think there’s something to be said that Hideki Matsui stays here. He did not go back to Japan. This is quite a place to play, so I think we have a decent chance.”
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