CLEARWATER, Fla. — The man who got fired only days after losing to the Astros in the 2017 ALCS said Thursday he is not angry about their illegal sign-stealing program.
Joe Girardi’s former players fall elsewhere on the spectrum, but the ex-Yankees manager insisted he is at peace with what has been revealed about the Astros cheating the game.
“I’m not [angry],” Girardi said. “I’m a man that has a lot of belief in the man upstairs. Things happen for a reason and I’m here in Philadelphia for a reason. And it’s been really good.”
Girardi was fired five days after the Yankees’ Game 7 loss to the Astros in 2017. In that series, the Astros won every game at Minute Maid Park, where their electronic sign-stealing system was housed, including in the postseason. Girardi was out of baseball until being hired to manage the Phillies this year.
That it may have cost people jobs — from pitchers to managers, such as Girardi — is not lost on former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.
“There’s a lot of things that could have went different,” said Gregorius, now playing for Girardi again with the Phillies.. “It would impact his career and a lot of pitchers…