Girardi: Cubs' Talk 'For Another Day'

When 2010 ends, will Joe Girardi stick with his new home with the Yankees or go back to his roots in Chicago on the heels of the reopening of the Cubs job?

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Girardi: Cubs' Talk For Another Day

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is doing his best to squelch talk of his possibly being interested in managing the Chicago Cubs next season.

“I figured this would come up once Lou announced his retirement,” Girardi told the Daily News. “I have a responsibility to this club and the guys in that room, and that’s my concern. People can speculate all they want, but that’s my concern right now. I don’t really think much about it.”

Following Piniella’s announcement on Tuesday, Girardi’s name was one of three that surfaced immediately along with those of Ryne Sandberg and Joe Torre. Asked whether the idea of managing the team he grew up rooting for and broke into the big-leagues with would be intriguing to him, Girardi said it wasn’t something he was thinking about.

“That’s for another day,” Girardi said. “I’m worried about what we’re doing right now.”

Try as he might, I’m pretty sure this talk won’t go away until the Cubs name Piniella’s replacement.

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Girardi To Cubs Talk Hits Yankees Press

We saw how Chicago people felt about Joe Girardi’s potential homecoming as manager of the Chicago Cubs, but today we got a sampling of how the New York media feels. Joel Sherman at the New York Post seems to think the Cubs will have some place in Girardi’s heart, but I think the line of the day goes to ex-Deadspin editor Will Leitch over at New York Magazine.

If Girardi wins another World Series in New York, well, that’s great, we’ll factor that into your next contract “negotiations,” Joe, but don’t forget, if there’s a year you don’t win one, everyone will let you know about it every day. If Girardi wins a World Series in Chicago? He’ll be on the cover of Time.

Having lived amongst Cubs fans and Yankees fans, this is overwhelmingly true. But if online polls are any indicator, those same Cubs fans would rather see ex-Cubbie hero Ryne Sandberg take over the club – something he expressed interest in doing earlier today.

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Lou Piniella Retires, Joe Girardi on Cubs Radar

Joe Girardi might have that gritty, New York sensibility, but he's a Chicago boy: born and raised in Peoria, Ill., drafted by the Chicago Cubs, went on to play two stints in the Windy City and become a fan favorite, he owns property in the area, and of course, he's a proud graduate of Chicago-area Northwestern University, which, of course, is the greatest school on the planet

Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced his retirement Tuesday, and as soon as that happened every Chicago media outlet immediately began speculating that Girardi - who interviewed and was turned down for the job a year before taking the New York Yankees' gig - would immediately rise to the top of Chicago's list. Going to Northwestern, I keep my ear to the Chicago sports news ground - note where the picture of me that accompanies every post is taken - and the extent to which Chicago-area sports media are running with this Girardi angle is pretty alarming.

Let's see, we have the Tribune, the Sun-Times (who list Girardi as the only choice for the job) the Daily Herald, SBNation's Cubs' blog Bleed Cubbie BlueSBN Chicago, and the AP here, all of whom cite Girardi as the No. 1 or No. 2 choice for the Cubs' job. 

They cite his connections to the area, his desire for the job in 2007 when Piniella was hired, and the fact that his Yankees contract runs out at the end of the year, while the Cubs are intentionally letting Piniella hang around for the end of the year instead of searching for a new replacement now. 

It seems to me that although the Yankees job presented a big challenge - one Girardi initially "failed" at, with the Yankees missing the playoffs for the first time since Girardi was a player in his first season as a manager - the team has shown a desire to stick with him, and he's loved his time in New York. I don't see him picking up and leaving - but if the speculation continues to run as rampant as it does in the Second City, you have to wonder. Also, everything is contingent on the Yankees continuing to be worldbeaters and dominating everything in sight: it would be hard to see Girardi walking away from a second consecutive championship, but much easier to see him leave if they falter down the stretch and exit the playoffs early - or even fall short altogether.

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