HOUSTON -- Within faint earshot of the pandemonium and revelry taking place a few hundred feet away on the Minute Maid Park diamond, Yankees manager Joe Girardi addressed his players on Saturday evening, telling them how proud he was and expressing his belief that even brighter days are ahead for the franchise.
The next conversation of significance Girardi must have will take place in the coming days, as he plans to sit down with his family to discuss their personal future. Girardi's 10th season as Yankees manager expired with New York's 4-0 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, and he does not have a contract for the 2018 season.
"I love what I do," Girardi said. "I've always said, the first thing that I do is I always talk to my family first. They come first, because I think when you have a job, your family has to buy in, too. It's not just what you want out of life. It's everyone buying in. So I'll sit down, talk to my wife and my kids, and see where they're at and what they're thinking. And then we'll see what the Yankees are thinking."
Girardi turned 53 this month and had been working on a four-year, $16 million pact he signed in October 2013. Girardi said he would wait to hear from managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman. Like Girardi and his coaching staff, Cashman is not under contract for '18.
"My recommendation will be to talk to our owner, sit down and find out what's next," Cashman said.
Cashman said he was pleased with the job Girardi did in guiding the Yankees to a 91-71 record and the first AL Wild Card spot in 2017, finishing two games behind the Red Sox in the AL East before dispatching the Twins and Indians in the playoffs.
"I think everybody did everything they possibly could to get where we wanted to go, which is to be the last team standing. We fell short," Cashman said. "We had a great season. It's been a wild and fun ride. But tonight it hurts because the ride's over. We'll all get back to New York and deal with what's next."
The Yankees have several significant calls to make in the wake of their elimination. Left-hander Carsten Sabathia and third baseman Todd Frazier are among the players eligible for free agency, and both said on Saturday they hoped to be re-signed. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has an opt-out clause in his contract, which he plans to discuss with his agent in the near future.
"There are a lot of decisions to be made for the future. I haven't thought about any of them yet," Cashman said. "We were hoping to kick the can down the road. But we're like 28 other teams, right now. We're now in that pile of, 'What's next?'"
In years past, Girardi said he has gathered his family in their Purchase, N.Y., home, to take its temperatures concerning his demanding place of employment. Each time, Girardi's wife, Kim, and their three children, Serena, Dante and Lena, have unanimously supported his continuing as the Yankees' manager.
"Oh, it's always quick," Girardi said. "It's a conversation. We sit down. In a sense, we hold a vote. It doesn't take long. ... They like what I do, plain and simple."
Girardi's 910 regular-season wins are the sixth-most by a Yankees manager, trailing Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944).
"I've had 10 great years here. I feel extremely blessed," Girardi said. "God has been good to me, and we'll see what the future holds."