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Cubs job merely leverage for Girardi?

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08:25 AM ET 08.24 | Joe Girardi left the door open to all sorts of options as they relate to the Cubs opening in Chicago. "I know I have a background there," Girardi said. "I'm not going to skirt around my background there. I grew up a Cubs fan, I played for the Cubs. But I'm not worried about that now. I'm worried about what we're doing now. We're in a fight." Said Girardi: "This organization has been great to me." Girardi's contract with the Yankees is up at the end of the season, and having the Cubs interested in his services would only be good leverage for his upcoming negotiation with the team. (So, it may not be in his best interest to rule anything out.)

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August 24, 2010  08:48 AM ET

Well this is just a stupid story. If Girardi were to leave the Yanks for the Cubbies I would be concerned about his mental health.

August 24, 2010  09:18 AM ET

The Cubbies and the Ricketts family outbidding the Yankees with the Steinbrenners? Joe Garadi moving from a perennial contender to a perennial pretender where he would have no chance of winning any World Series rings? No way those things will happen. Cubbie fans are just deluding themselves as usual.

August 24, 2010  09:20 AM ET

He's already won a World Series with the Yankees as the manager. Why not go back home and try to do it with the Cubs? He's accomplished anything/everything he could with the Yanks. I think he's crazy to stick around and put up with those owners, when he could go to Chicago and try to get them over the hump.

I REALLY just want him to go to Chicago so the Cubs don't get Valentine. He needs to be the Mets' skipper next year!!

August 24, 2010  09:31 AM ET

yeah, coaching the home town team you grew up watching would be a terrible idea. everybody should be so selfish as to want to stay and be a manager where any pea brain could manage the 200 plus million dollar team to success. the yankees could win on talent alone, they don't even need a manager. shame on the people who might actually enjoy a challenge, and a home town one at that. shame shame

August 24, 2010  09:32 AM ET

this is so stupid it doesn't deserve a comment....

August 24, 2010  09:56 AM ET
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you don't think managing in NY is a challenging job?

I'd say winning with the Cubs is a more challenging job than winning with the Yankees, and if he ever did manage the Cubs to a world series win, he'd be an immortal hero in Chicago, whereas no matter how many he wins with the Yankees he'll just be "that guy that came after Torre."

I'm not saying if I was him, I'd take the Cubs job, because I probably wouldn't, but I am saying that it's a more challenging job.

August 24, 2010  10:02 AM ET
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you don't think managing in NY is a challenging job?

not really, not when it comes to the yanks 200 million plus talent. for perspective, how many managers have the yanks hired that won a world series with their previous team? yet somehow, when they come to N.Y. they alway seem to be able win.

August 24, 2010  10:36 AM ET
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The Cubbies and the Ricketts family outbidding the Yankees with the Steinbrenners? Joe Garadi moving from a perennial contender to a perennial pretender where he would have no chance of winning any World Series rings? No way those things will happen. Cubbie fans are just deluding themselves as usual.

K-Mark, I nominated you to be the next Cub manager yesterday.

August 24, 2010  10:42 AM ET
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K-Mark, I nominated you to be the next Cub manager yesterday.

I saw. Check out my nomination.

August 24, 2010  10:48 AM ET
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the reason that managing the yanks is the toughest job is the expectations. anything less than a world series victory is viewed as a failure....the Cubs? good lord, winning the world series wuold be a miracle. everyone expects them to suck, regardless of the players and coaches/manager. Life is all about expectations....

And yet two well thought of managers in Baker and Piniella (they may both end up in the HOF) were driven out of town for not meeting those low expectations. Any new manager better win a post-season series in the next three years or the fans will be calling for his head. They will not be patient, even with Ryno.

August 24, 2010  10:50 AM ET

I wouldn't be at all surprised if he goes. I bet every adult Cubs fan on the planet has a "I could be the one to finally do it!" fantasy about winning the big one. Plus, don't kid yourself, Midwesterners are Midwesterners, and would be quite happy leaving New York to go back to where they're from.

August 24, 2010  11:06 AM ET

Why on Earth would Girardi even contemplate going to the Cubs? Leave the Yanks for the Northside bums? Really?

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August 24, 2010  12:23 PM ET

No story here...Girardi is where he wants to be, and needs to be and the Cubs are going to hire Sandberg to run the club and rightfully so.

August 24, 2010  12:34 PM ET

He doesn't need leverage, the Yankees want him and he wants to stay.

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August 24, 2010  02:33 PM ET

I can't imagine a worse job then managing the Yankees. Sure, the money is good, NY is a great town to live in if you have money, and the Yankees are a storied and successful franchise. But, it can not be much fun. Why? First off, there's the spoiled, silver-spooned Steinbrenner kids and their lackie GM who will never have Girardi's back. Second, no matter how much you win, you will get no credit because you are expected to win. There is no team-building aspect as all elements are bought and shipped in for assembly. Then there is the "hate" factor. When Girardi won at the Marlins, he got and deserved most of the credit. The same would be true with the Cubs. I can't imaging a better job then managing the Cubs....which is the opposite of the Yankees. Nobody expects them to win! But, someday the Cubbies will win and the manager who does that will be beloved and become an iconic figure. Girardi just might be that guy.....I hope so.

 
August 24, 2010  02:57 PM ET

I think a lot of fans don't understand the fact that managing the Cubs can be a managers dream job.

You take a three or four year contract for good pay(remember; money has never been their problem. They can pay you) and if you get lucky you become the manager who broke the Cubs' 100+ year curse and are forever immortalized in baseball lore.

If you don't get lucky, everyone's reaction is pretty much, "Well, what are you gonna do? It's the Cubs. Better luck with the next team!"

I'm not saying Girardi is going anywhere, as I doubt he would, but I don't get why people seem to think he'd be dumb for taking it.

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