Saturday, April 12, 2014

Joe Girardi: I wasn't hired to give Derek Jeter's farewell tour

A man in a grey baseball uniform with a navy helmet prepares to swing at a pitch

Joe Girardi is not responsible for making sure Derek Jeter's final season goes over smoothly with fans.

On Saturday, the Yankees skipper gave his shortstop the day off against the rival Red Sox, much to the disappointment of fans who filed into Yankee Stadium to watch him play.

While Girardi understands that fans came to see Jeter, he says his main priority is to keep Jeter healthy for the whole season, adding that it's not his job to give a farewell tour.

“I have to manage him with a focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not being a farewell tour,” said Girardi to ESPN.com. “I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.”

The good news for fans is that there's still a ton of games left to see the Captain in action. Saturday marked just the second time the 40-year-old was absent from the starting lineup this year. Jeter entered the day batting .286 (10-for-35) on the young season.

Via Hardball Talk

1 comment:

  1. I have been a fan of Yankees for 50 plus years and I can understand thhe dissapointment fans feel, to not see Jeter play. If he is healthy he should be out there. Those millions of dollars they pay him should be incentive enough. What are running a babysitting business here. Try going to work like I do for 1 thousanth of Jeter salary.

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