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Joe Girardi really wishes he was still managing loaded Yankees

Joe Girardi cannot help but wonder what could have been had he remained the manager of the New York Yankees. And given the Bronx Bombers are loaded and currently the hottest team in baseball, one can scarcely blame the former skipper.

The Yankees, after Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the similarly superb Boston Red Sox, now are tied atop the AL East with their bitter rivals, with both teams boasting an MLB-best 25-10 record. Girardi’s tenure with the Yankees ended after 10 years highlighted by a 2009 World Series title when his contract was not renewed following the team’s run to the ALCS last fall.

Now, observing from afar, Girardi clearly wishes he was overseeing such a potent lineup.

“They’ve been hot. Obviously, when you win that many games, most things are going right,” Girardi said of the Yankees this week at a charity event in Manhattan, via “The lineup is as deep of a lineup as the Yankees have had in a long time, with so much power. So they’re going to score runs.

“… I said it last year, at the beginning: Who wouldn’t want to manage this team? It’s a really good team and it’s young, and it’s very enjoyable to be around. But that’s not the reality of what’s going on, and I’m OK with that.”

Girardi was asked whether he’s rooting for the Yankees despite the unceremonious end to his managerial run.

“You develop relationships, so yeah, you pull for people,” Girardi said. “I want to see the guys do well. When you’re not part of a team and you’re not there on an everyday basis, your rooting interest is different. But yeah, I pull for them. These guys were a big part of my life the last 10 years.”

Girardi also mentioned that he hopes to get back into managing at some point, something that conceivably occur sooner rather than later given his name has already been mentioned as a viable candidate for one recently vacated managerial position.

Still, it has to be excruciatingly difficult for Girardi to see the Yankees succeed without him. That much is certain.