After an undesirable early exit from the playoffs, the New York Yankees organization turned its attention to the future in 2011, and beyond. Throughout the final stretches of the 2010 season, countless rumors were sparked about Joe Girardi. Since Chicago Cubs' manager Lou Pinella retired, people thought Girardi would prefer returning there, where he was a player for two stints of seven years total.

I never bought into those foolish thoughts.

Surely, the manager that will bring the cursed Cubs a World Series Championship will be immortalized for accomplishing such an impossible feat. And considering that Girardi is an Illinois native, and that he is a pretty good manager, the idea of him managing the Cubs was not unlikely.

I still thought they were foolish.

Why in the world would Joe Girardi want to leave the New York Yankees? Would he really want to downgrade to a far-worse team? Sure, if he happened to win a World Series with them he would go down in baseball history as the manager who freed the Cubs of the curse - but in order to win a World Series, the team itself has to be good. A manager can only work with what he's got. And the Cubs, who finished second to last in what is arguably the stinkiest division in baseball - the NL Central - don't have what it takes to win a World Series. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, have the chance to win it all every single year.

I'm glad Joe Girardi sees things my way.

The Yankees have been working on a deal that would bring back Girardi to manage the team for three years. The contract will most likely be worth $9 million with incentives, which is an increase from his previous deal. Just a little "thank you" for a job well done.

Although I don't always agree with every move he makes, I am glad that Joe Girardi will be back in pinstripes for at least three more seasons. He's part of the team just like the other guys, and I love him just the same. It's comforting to know that he won't be changing uniforms any time soon.

But hopefully after the end of the 2011 season, Joe Girardi has to change his jersey number again...

by Virginia Califano

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