Joe Girardi praises White Sox, shares secrets of managing Derek Jeter
Tue, 21 Aug 2012|
Yankees manager Joe Girardi joined Chicago Tribune Live and talked about Robin Ventura's job as White Sox manager, what is making the Sox so good and secrets behind Hall of Famer Derek Jeter - 8/21
The club is playing very well last night things jumped the track a little late we get the distance out of -- that we've been getting most of the season and it just kind of snowballed after that Brady got out of some jams early in the game but wasn't able to get out of it in the fifth than the White Sox hit some home runs -- Davis. I'm surprised -- in Chicago I think around the league about the White Sox that this late August is still in first place. Not a lot of people expect that to be there. How would you evaluate where the White Sox are the stages of the new levels surprise well I. I think a lot of people expected Detroit to be there with the addition of Prince Fielder but they've had their issues like other clubs with injuries and the White Sox have had theirs as well but. You know it you've had guys that. There was a lot expected from. Last year and they had some down years but they really come back in in solidified the lineup whether it's a Rios or an Adam Dunn and Beckham has had somewhat of a rebound year. In their lineup is very deep it's powerful it's got speed and out. They have a good bullpen I mean you look at their power arms in the open one after another and I think that's why they've been successful. You talked earlier about. Not getting enough out of birdie but you -- juggling act going your resume Mary on our early in the stuff. Having a piecemeal things what's that been Mike Mussina because respond very well they have they've done a great job whether it's been -- Cody Utley who's coming into the really good job force a -- -- Soriano moved back to the closers role I think he's 31 out of 33 save chances and it's just. Our guys have really picked up the -- and in most -- with a -- starters would start in spring training was in Michael Peña in that. Who do without any headed for about 46 weeks we've been outs without CC for four weeks. The guys just picked up the slack in -- got to give a lot of credit. You also lost A-Rod he was hit by a -- we've had challenges along the way does that make your club. Stronger when you get to post season play which it looks like you're headed there I sure hope so and it should make its deeper as we get these guys back and were. Open it you know to get CC back this weekend include Cleveland. On the probably the next guy we'd get back would be Alex and then in the sometime in September so it should make a stronger what's it like. The managed to grow because you see when the more entertaining one of the biggest draws he goes opposing stadiums -- like to be as manager. He is entertaining he likes to have fun he likes it into it you know with the guys and mix it up a little bit around the batting KG he. He brings energy he's ready to go every night -- and he's -- a really nice job for us -- hit the ball ballpark or having you know big hits with runners in scoring position. And the other thing he's done -- he's moved all around the outfield which has allowed me to give the green needed day off -- put him in left field because right fielder shorter. In -- all of the heart and he's not said a word is just went out did the job. Lot of people know about CC than -- -- from his days there where you can tell us what nova who's been homegrown guy and done well he's pitched pretty well he's kind of run into snag a little bit that it in the second half in the in the big part of that is he's not had his good slider that he had. The second half of last year and in the first half of this season and you look his last year was sixteen for thinking ten wins in the first half. And pitched really well so this guy's got four pitches curveball slider and change that go with this fassel who get it up as high as 95. When he has a slider he has strikeout. Stuff and he can get out of some jams. I came up to see a game at new Yankee Stadium. Phenomenal place to talk to one of the executives there. It she said at the start of every year whether it was a member of the Steinbrenner family or line or somebody at the top of the food chain they get all the employees together they said. We had two goals here to win the World Series and the best customer service experience and if we fail either one we are failures in. What is that pressure like because you don't -- organization other than that one. -- like that why I don't know what the pressures about the customer service. And but I I can tell you. We expect to win every year so you know they have expectations -- -- but it comes from within so. I don't ever think about their expectations you know our guys are thinking about the expectations that they have within the clubhouse. And that's what I concentrate on it and and we feel that if we don't win a World Series. We did accomplish what we set out to do last night got three -- -- Dewayne wise at the plate got things going with a home run he has been on fire since he signed with the White Sox. With just the numbers game when he got he drove the lane and how much you miss because you get guys easy that is legal presence he's a good guy to have in the clubhouse is certainly White Sox. Recognize that from a couple of years ago. In the benefited from bringing him back and today we we did not want to see this day ago we loved it and we love the job he did -- had big hits for us. And played left center right came in and stole bases for -- became just became a numbers game when we acquired -- -- we didn't wanna see him leave and we are hoping that we still have him but you know he's he's a great guy for a club because he can do a lot of different things and he's getting the ball the ball -- got power. And he just really understands his role you know he is not an everyday player but he sometimes is called upon to play every day and he's always prepared. What's that like for you know you come home quite a bit but just. Knowing that the business trip and then you that the family stuff -- what's it like for you it's great to come home. You know I get an opportunity see a lot of my family a lot of my wife's family who who's in there. You know the northern suburbs. My nephews I get a chance to see him and get a chance to see my father on Thursday which is extremely important to me so. I'd love come home and you're able to mix there's enough time in the day that you can mix in and you make sure you do a lot of your preparation before you get here. You started in Florida for a year and then use the manager of the Yankees Robin is in his first go round never coached at any level. How tough was the transition for you from player. Manager broadcaster back -- you know I think it just takes you a little bit of time to find your niche as a manager and what your strengths are and where you wanna really rely on your coaches and in the people around you and once you figure that out. And you accept that. It it's it's a pretty easy transition but you gotta figure that out in and Robyn you can see. Very relaxed very easy going the guys that seem to respond to him very well we had in the New York we all loved him there and I'm not surprised he's doing well is there a secret. Is there a formula that managers. In baseball coaches and other sports you think it works but year. In charge of so many different superstars take egos that come into clubhouse -- locker room. What have you learned in your experience that makes it easier to do that now. That was early in your career well I think they just wanna be treated like men and they want you to be honest with my I think is the biggest thing and they want to know that they can trust you in that you have their back. And that's. The atmosphere that we try to create I am going to protect you at all cost and I'll take the bullets that's okay. But I'm gonna protect my players to make sure that they know that they can trust me. A lot's been made of the Boston New York rivalry but. You you have spring training and and Tampa's backyard. They've been playing terrific what's. What's that rivalry -- like over the past couple years it's been very good I mean they're very good ball club their pitching is outstanding -- it and that's from top to bottom it's not you know that they have. A good bullpen or they have good -- from top to bottom and they have great arms in that organization. And they have really taken off since Longoria has come back I don't know that took some of the pressure off the other guys. There -- maybe trying to do too much offensively but they've taken off but. It's a good rivalry you know that every game that you play them it's probably going to be one or two run -- what's it like managing Derek Jeter you were also Derek Jeter's teammate. You know it's really easy because you know his personality you know his attitude becomes. Prepared to play every day wants to play a 162 games a year at 38 years old this is the nineteenth day in a row that he's played were in a stretch of twenty in a row. You know some of them than DH about three or four. Doesn't wanna come on the line he is easy man does he have conversations yet about. How much longer he's going to play because he does that look like he has slowed down does he says another ten years don't let it. That's. I'm not doubting I mean because I think people he loves the game yeah Lotta people already give up on him last year when I got off to slow start look what he's done. Since the all star break last year to this point. Does he police his teammates this is the younger ones just by the way yeah. Does where he does and he's that he's a quiet leader he's gonna have his individual conversations he's not he's not a yelled guy and he's not gonna. -- it's in a fist down throws equipment he's gonna take you guys I talked going. And and I just look at the job that he's down with Robby you know he's he's always on rotten about doing your work the right way when you're in the cage and it's really helped Robby and they have a great relationship. Fans all the time expect to see the manager for player. As a mental mistake doesn't hustle or play they want Bobby Cox to come out like you -- they -- Jones many years ago. You handle yourself in house and I closed doors explain that concept of the fans well I think because there are no secrets anymore there's nothing that is hidden anymore because of the coverage that we get I think people give him Bears. And and none of us want to be embarrassed and and I think that's a hard part of the game. So anything that you during the course of the game you're gonna see somewhere if it's somewhat embarrassing to a player to yourself. So we tried to do behind closed doors and have our discussions in Hamburg you know. If if we disagree about things we do behind closed doors of people don't see it. They're all Larry Rothschild -- that every day in the dugout it's spend time with the Cubs developing a reputation as one the that's pitching coach to complete what has he done for yourself this year he's done a great job and you think about all the changes that we had all the expectations we have from our pitching staff. All the guys that went down. And he seems to find a way to get the most out of every pitcher Weathers left hander right hander old young whatever he has. He finds a way and he works extremely hard he's extremely prepared he's been great for us about that along I mean -- Yankee Stadium is doing all these -- Iran and all the stars on the field you're. Before today's yeah he he he did the the -- without Robbie can go and McGee and Russell Martin he's a workaholic is what he has and he really knows hitting and guys really respond to -- we appreciate that time last -- your thoughts you know Theo Epstein well. He's on the other side of town and he's got a long process ahead. What can you say to people -- the on the process why I think he did a good job in Boston and it was a process there that he built the club that basically has sustained for a long period of time and down. You know he's not gonna sit back and just let things happen he's aggressive. I think he'll do a good job.