Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 11/16/11
Let's pretend for a moment that I'm Ben Cherington. Here's the speech I give to my manager finalists."The offer, if I make the offer, is for two years. The reason is simple. Normally, a manager canned during the season is replaced by an interim guy, and one canned after the season is fully replaced. But let's be honest, I'm new in this job, and we're still figuring out what we want."The Yankees, their timing was right for Girardi. After years of Torre getting too fond and too forgiving of his players, and the Boss fading from his old terrible self, Joe Girardi was the perfect hardass to walk into that dugout. Here, in 2004, we knew Terry Francona was our guy -- ready for the new approach, and a player psychologist. Joe Kerrigan might have been able to roll with that, but we didn't think so. We wanted our guy."Some of us want a whip-cracker. Some want to provoke nausea among the players, like Alex in Clockwork Orange, if they so much as think about beer and fried chicken. But you know what?
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