Getting Joe Girardi to the Chicago Cubs was always a long shot. And while the Cubs had some reason to believe Girardi was amenable to patrolling the clubhouse at Wrigley, whether Girardi’s “interest” is sincere or is a ploy to wrest more money out of the Steinbrenners remains to be seen. For their part, the Yankees are doing their damnedest to keep Joe in Yankee pinstripes:
NEW YORK — With the assurance from Joe Girardi that he would like to return as New York Yankees manager, general manager Brian Cashman plans on offering him a raise when the time comes to negotiate with Girardi’s agent over lunch Wednesday.
Girardi, 48, could have other opportunities in managing and broadcasting. Cashman declined to say if he would grant Girardi permission to speak to the Chicago Cubs, who fired Dale Sveum on Monday. Because Girardi is under contract until Oct. 31, a source told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees are hesitant to give him permission to speak with the Cubs.
From the Yankees’ point of view, it would only give Girardi more leverage in negotiations. If talks were to break down, then the Yankees might let him talk to the Cubs, if Chicago has interest. On Sunday, Girardi said he would like the situation to be cleared up shortly.
When asked specifically about letting Girardi talk to the Cubs, Cashman declined to answer if he would or would not.
“He is obviously under contract,” Cashman said. “And we have an interest in clearly trying to keep him.”
So, if you’re Joe Girardi, you’re 48 years old and you’ve already won a World Series as the manager of the most storied franchise in sports history, what do you do next? Do you settle back into the fishbowl in NYC, enjoy your kids, and spend your money? Or do you try to cement your place in history further by being the guy who finally, FINALLY leads the Cubs to their first World Series in over 100 years? Time will tell.
So who else is in the mix to be the next Cubs skipper? Names that have surfaced in the last two days include A.J. Hinch, Sandy Alomar Jr, Mike Maddux, and Tony Pena.
Hey, you may not have noticed, but the Cubs threw away a whole bunch of Ron Santo memorabilia on Monday. They are sorry that they got caught because people were going through their trash:
In an unfortunate bit of timing for the Cubs, the dumping of manager Dale Sveum on Monday inadvertently led to an embarrassing report on the dumping of a piece of memorabilia saluting late broadcaster Ron Santo.
The Cubs apologized for the gaffe Tuesday.
“This was an unfortunate mistake,” team spokesman Julian Green said. “Obviously we apologize to the Santo family and any fan that was offended by this. This is not how we regard one of the greatest Cubs players ever to wear our uniform. Simply, it shouldn’t have happened.”
The story began to unfold Monday morning when the Cubs began some postseason cleaning of Wrigley Field, setting up a Dumpster near the players’ parking lot on the northwest side of the ballpark.
Among the items tossed were banners of Cubs players that had hung in the concourse and a giant card from the 2011 Cubs Convention signed by fans with their memories of Santo, who died of bladder cancer in November 2010.
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