Derek Jeter weighs in on Yankees letting Joe Girardi go
Derek Jeter, who called Joe Girardi a teammate, coach and manager during his Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees, weighed in on how Girardi was shockingly let go by the team on Thursday. And in a word, Jeter was pragmatic in reaction to Giardi’s ouster.
“I just found this out. I slept in today, so I just found out on the way over,” Jeter said Thursday at a business event in Manhattan, via the New York Post. “I’ve played with Joe. He was a coach. He was a manager. He’s probably one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and it’s unfortunate, but this is a business.”
“You learn that. I think when you first come up as an athlete, as a professional athlete, when you’re younger you’re just playing the game. The longer you play, you realize this is starting to become a business. So there’s some things at times are unpopular or not popular, but it’s part of the business.”
There not surprisingly has been much hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth over the Yankees deciding not to bring back Girardi after his contract expired with the end of the team’s season. Myriad theories have been forwarded to explain why the Yankees cut Girardi loose after he just led the team to a surprising appearance in the ALCS.
However, many pundits, insiders and the like who are more plugged in concerning the inner workings of the Yankees organization either were not shocked at all by the move or even suggested it was time for Girardi to go. And that’s bearing in mind that Girardi boasted a 910-710 career record in 10 years as manager and presided over a 2009 World Series championship.
Jeter perhaps said it best when pointing out that in baseball, being let go — whether it be a player, manager or executive — truly is, fair or not, simply “part of the business.”