I suppose many of you have seen the reports that Florida Marlins manager
Joe Girardi got into it with the Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria over the weekend. The story goes that Girardi told Loria to basically shut it when Loria decided to heckle an umpire over some questionable balls and strikes calls. Of course you have to believe there's been some tension leading up to that point as that hardly seems enough to warrant what supposedly happened afterwards. The story goes that the discussion got even more heated after the game and there's a rumor floating that the Marlins were ready to announce Girardi being fired as the press room they use for such things was being set-up in anticipation of the announcement. Of course no announcement came, but the conspiracy theorists out there will certainly speculate that Girardi could be on a path to get himself fired in anticipation of taking over the Cubs this off-season.
Well Girardi was happy to squash those rumors today, saying that he loves living in Florida
and has no desire to leave for the Cubs right now.
''I am still the Marlins' manager, [and] I plan on being the Marlins' manager for a long time. People like to speculate that I am going to Chicago."
''If I was going to go to Chicago, I wouldn't have sold my house [in the north suburbs]. I have property there that we've kept there for a long time. I don't have a house there; I sold my house, my kids are enrolled in school in South Florida. I enjoy jumping in my pool every day. It's a nice life.''
Well maybe there's an out clause or a super-secret blood oath handshake?
''There are no outs. I have a three-year deal. No handshake agreement, no elbow rubbing, no kissing, nothing. Why would any club hire someone who had a handshake agreement that they could get out? Because you would know their heart's not in it. I think the one thing that you know about my heart is that it's about winning.''
Well there you have it, of course getting yourself fired might solve all that.
Some other quick notes after the jump...
- Juan Mateo will be back into the rotation on Saturday versus the Rockies if he's not needed in relief for the Brewers series.
- Sean Marshall will go on a rehab assignment this weekend and Wade Miller will have another rehab start as well. One will pitch with the AA Jaxx, the other with the AAA Iowa Cubs.
- Barrett Watch: He's up to 339 plate appearances, he would need 347 at this point to qualify for the batting title (you need 3.1 PA per game your team plays). If he did qualifty, he would be 4th in the race right now, 11 points behind Freddy Sanchez and a couple points behind Chipper Jones and Miguel Cabrera with Nomar Garciaparra and Chase Utley within striking distance. If he stays in the top of the order with limited off-days, he should be able to qualify.