Joe Girardi: “We expected this to be a really tough series and we have a chance to close it out”

November 4, 2009 – 8:30 am by timgunter

Joe Girardi has the most pressurized job in all of sports as the manager of the New York Yankees. I mean, every coaching job in sports is pressure-packed, but there’s nothing quite like managing the Yankees. The Yanks are used to winning championships. Girardi of course, failed to bring home a championship in year number one New York. The 2008 season was misery for the Yankee faithful as they failed to make it to the postseason for the first time since 1993. Girardi was in a tough position replacing legendary manager, Joe Torre. Torre won four World Series titles and made the playoffs during his 12 seasons managing the Yankees. As you might know, the Yankees fans were calling for Girardi’s head after last season and wanted to know why they let Torre go and coach elsewhere.

This season, Girardi hasn’t seemed like the job is over his head like it did at times last year. He seems a bit more calm and makes better split-second decisions regarding pitching changes and pinch hitting. The Yankees are one game away from their 27th World Series Championship and this could not have come at a better time for Girardi. Perhaps Yankees fans will forget about Joe Torre after tonight. Joe Girardi joined WFAN in New York to talk about how his night was after Game 5 of the World Series, whether he is having any 2nd thoughts about not going to the 4th starter in the series, and how far he can go with Mariano Rivera if he pitches tonight.

How his night was after game 5 of the World Series:

“I wasn’t restless I think by the time you come home you are tired and you fall right to sleep. So for me it was not restless. I was proud of the way our guys came back and we came up a little bit short but we expected this to be a really tough series and we have a chance to close it out tomorrow night.”

Whether he is having any 2nd thoughts about not going to the 4th starter in the series:

“Well I don’t think there is any free game. I mean that is the thing that you think about. People can talk about it but the thing about Chad, Chad threw the ball pretty well for us but he hasn’t pitched in a month basically and it is hard to ask a lot from him. We are going with the horses and we all thought that was the best thing to do. You are going to be talked about either way depending on what happened so we thought it was our best chance to win.”

Whether he or Andy Pettitte have any concerns about starting on 3 days rest:

“No he doesn’t. We’ve talked about it and he feels physically good. We talked about that he has extra rest as well. This time is a little bit short but our bullpen is deep. If we can get 6 strong innings out of him, we feel good.”

On how far he can go with Mariano Rivera if he pitches tonight:

“Well I think you can ask him to throw 30-45 pitches. The things I that you cant predict how long that will be. The other night it looked like he has going to throw 30 pitches in an inning. I think you can think about using him for 2 innings tomorrow (today) and you see how he physically feels but he didn’t pitch yesterday and he is not going to pitch today so he should be good and I think you think about 2 innings.”

Whether he will think about Mariano coming in the 7th inning and getting the last 7 outs or so:

“Well yeah you are going to think about that. I mean you think about if you can get him to throw one pitch per batter we could start him too. (Host: I know that but you can make a case that 40 pitches could be 3 innings.) With Mo it can be and the other thing that you worry about a little bit is the up and down as well because that adds to the pitch count in our minds. I mean it is something that we are definitely going to think about.”

Whether there is no way Mariano will come out during the 7th inning:

“No I think that is something that you think about. I mean it is not something that I am leaning towards. I think you never say never.”

On who will play in right field:

“Well it is something that we are going to talk about today and I will sleep on the lineup but Swisher’s bat has been better. You said Hairston has a lot of success against Pedro, I thought he put two good at-bats on him in the last three the other day. (Host: He got a big hit.) Yes he did and it is something that we are going to talk about here. Today we will just workout and the coaches will talk and we will sleep onit and we will put up the lineup tomorrow.”

Joe Girardi on WFAN with Mike Francesa

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