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Girardi: 'My biggest concern is to win'

Following disappointing Game 2, skipper focused solely on Game 3
MLB.com @BryanHoch

NEW YORK -- As Joe Girardi filled out the lineup card for Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, he said that he was not prepared to look much further beyond these nine innings. If the Yankees' season were to conclude here at Yankee Stadium, however, there would be plenty of time to ponder that uncertain future.

Girardi has said that he hopes to continue managing, a belief that was not shaken by a trying 48 hours following scrutiny of his decision-making in the sixth inning during a 9-8 loss in 13 innings in Friday's ALDS Game 2. Though Girardi's contract is expiring after this season, the manager said that he is secure in waiting for further word from managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman.

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NEW YORK -- As Joe Girardi filled out the lineup card for Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, he said that he was not prepared to look much further beyond these nine innings. If the Yankees' season were to conclude here at Yankee Stadium, however, there would be plenty of time to ponder that uncertain future.

Girardi has said that he hopes to continue managing, a belief that was not shaken by a trying 48 hours following scrutiny of his decision-making in the sixth inning during a 9-8 loss in 13 innings in Friday's ALDS Game 2. Though Girardi's contract is expiring after this season, the manager said that he is secure in waiting for further word from managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman.

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"I think an organization has to do what they're comfortable with, right, and it may not always agree with the person that is either being fired or however it goes," Girardi said. "But I think that's Hal and Brian's decision. Whatever their decision is, you know, I'll live with."

Girardi has been in the Yankees' managerial chair since the start of the 2008 season, piloting New York to a Major League-best 910-710 (.562) record over those 10 years. He is the third-longest-tenured current big league manager, behind only the Angels' Mike Scioscia and the Giants' Bruce Bochy.

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"When the season is all said and done, I've always been a guy that's sat down and talked to my family," Girardi said. "I owe that to my wife and my children. So in saying that, that's the least of my concerns right now today. My biggest concern is to win a game today, and we can worry about that when the time comes."

Girardi was booed by the home crowd during introductions prior to Game 3. Asked how this season has gone in terms of his enjoyment, Girardi quipped, "Up until Friday, probably pretty good."

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Girardi declined to say if he had spoken to the team about the events of the sixth inning of Game 2, in which he did not challenge a Lonnie Chisenhall hit-by-pitch that immediately preceded Francisco Lindor's game-changing grand slam off Chad Green, but he said that he would "check everyone's temperature today."

"I think what you have to do in life is say, 'OK, what's next? What do we need to do next?'" Girardi said. "Whether that's as a player, coach, manager, husband, father, not every day is perfect. You have to say, 'What is next?' That's my job. I've done it before, and I'll do it again."

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Girardi also said that he had spoken with Aroldis Chapman regarding activity on the closer's Instagram account early on Saturday morning, in which Chapman "liked" another user's comment that Girardi's contract should not be renewed after the season, calling him "a complete imbecile."

"I really believe it was an accident. We talked about it," Girardi said. "He came in and apologized. He was concerned about it that night. He had conversations with people, not me, because it was 2 or 3 in the morning. I had to ask how it works, because I don't know how that works. I guess it's easy to hit a button when you're scrolling. I really believe him, I take his word for it that it was an accident and we move forward."

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Girardi said that he sees "a lot of good here," noting the impact that the group of "Baby Bombers" have added to the club -- with more talent on the way. Girardi noted that while there might be some other dream jobs within the game -- he suggested "Commissioner for a day" -- the position of Yankees manager remains immensely attractive.

"I think it would be fun to be in some different positions in the game, I do, but I don't really know," Girardi said. "And that's why I think it's important to talk to my family and know what they're thinking. I really enjoy managing. I really enjoy the competition, the relationships, I enjoy watching people have success. And that's all part of it, but again, they make a lot of sacrifices so I can do this, and that's why I need to talk to them first."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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