Hal Steinbrenner Says Girardi Is the “man for the Job”

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IOctober 1, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27:  Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees celebrates after his team defeated the Boston Red Sox on September 27, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won the game 4-2 to earn their 100th win of the season as well as clinching the American League Eastern Division.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Hal Steinbrenner seems to think that Girardi is the right fit for this team.The readers of this blog probably know that I’m not the biggest Girardi supporter, but I’m rooting for the guy. Let’s see how he handles this team in the postseason, and I may change my views about him.

Anyway, Hal Steinbrenner declined to speak about a possible contract extension for Girardi. I’m guessing they want to see what he does in the playoffs before they lock him up.

Hal also says that his brother, Hank, and his father, George, would be back in the Bronx for the playoff run.

Here’s what Steinbrenner said: (Check out the rest of the interview here)

Q: How are you feeling about the playoffs?

A: “Confident. A little concerned, but that’s my job. So it’s an exciting time. To do it the way they did it, at home and a week before the season ends, it just shows what they’re made of. It shows the kind of year they’ve had. Just a great team.”

Q: Has this season been a success regardless of what happens at this point or do you believe you need to win in the playoffs for it to be a success?

A: “I have the genetics that certainly lead me to believe that if you don’t win the championship, then you’re not your job for the city of New York and for our fans.”

Q: What are your expectations going into the playoffs?

A: “What are our expectations? To win.”

Q: Where’s Hank these days?

A: “Hank’s in Tampa, as he always is. He’ll be up for the playoffs, obviously. We had our hands full before the trade deadline, trying to figure out a few things to do. Not much panned out, but probably a good thing, because everything has worked very well since then. He’ll be up for the playoffs.”

Q: Do you think your father will be up for the playoffs?

A: “That’s the plan, particularly if and when, I should say, we make it to the World Series. He’ll absolutely be here.”


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