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.