Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he thought he would be back with the team in 2018 in his first public comments after his dimissal.
Girardi, who has been spending tons of time with his family, was "disappointed" in the decision not to extend his contract after 10 seasons. However, he understood GM Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner's reasons to look elsewhere.
"Unfortunately, I'm not back but that's part of the business," Girardi told Mike Francesca on WFAN Monday.
Girardi's meetings with Cashman and Steinbrenner were "quick and to the point" from the beginning with Cashman saying they want to go in a different direction. He has made note that he wants someone that is analytical, and Girardi believes he fits the bills saying "I've been made fun of for being too analytical."
"I love the analytics, and I really believe that I used analytics when I was a catcher in New York before they were even called analytics. So, that I don't understand. I don't think that's a problem," Girardi said. "I just think Brian wants something different, and I understand that. I've been there a long time. I've been there ten years, and he's going to do something different."
Girardi wanted to finish what he started with the Yankees' young corps in Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino to name a few. The 53-year-old said, "my job is always to get the most out of players the best way that I see fit," and he believed he did that with the young guys.
As for what happens next, Girardi said he's "not exactly sure" what he will be doing next year. He does think he has a good chance to broadcast. But when asked if he wants to manage again, he immediately said yes.
"I think for a player or manager, after about two or three weeks, you get the itch to go back," Girardi said. "I mean, obviously you try to catch up physically and mentally, it's been a grind for, you know, 225 days or whatever it is. But you get away from it two or three weeks, you start to miss it. I mean, because you love the competition, and I'll always love that."
In the end, Girardi thinks he'll have another chance down the road, but for now, he is trying to reflect on his time in New York for the last 10 seasons.
"New York was home for me, and we [family] loved our time there and obviously we're going to miss it."