Oct 9 2013, 6:03pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Girardi's new contract ends rampant speculation he might end up as manager of the Chicago Cubs, with whom he began his MLB career with as a player. He is a native of Peoria, Ill. who played college ball at Northwestern.
He also thought about taking a year or two off to be a baseball analyst, but that has been put on the shelf for now.
Once he has served the entire length of the extension, he will become one of the longest-tenured skippers in New York Yankees history, a tenure exceeded only by the likes of Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Miller Huggins and Joe Torre.
For his part, Girardi said a rich Yankees tradition and his passion for his job were what ultimately made him decide to stay.
"After talking with my family, we decided that this was where we wanted to come back. It's a special place to manage because of the opportunity that you have every year and the tools that they give you.
"The history of this organization is unbelievable. There are special things that happen here every year.
"We talked (about) the possibility about a lot of things basically that I could possibly do if I decided not to manage. We brought up everything, and we did it as a group.
Girardi also emphasized he wouldn't come back if the Yankees had no shot at winning another championship.
"I wouldn't have come back if I didn't think we could win a championship. I have faith in our organization. I want to be part of us getting back on top.
"I don't just manage to work. I manage to win championships."
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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