'Boomer And Gio': Why Wasn't Joe Girardi Offered Mets Job?

Boomer and Gio
October 25, 2019 - 9:58 am

So why is Joe Girardi the Phillies' new manager and not leading the Mets?

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WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti were among the Mets fans who wanted to see Girardi end up in Flushing.

"It would've been such an easy hire for the New York Mets, and the fan base of the New York Mets, you and I included, would've been extremely happy," Esiason said on Friday's "Boomer and Gio" show.

"I believe that the Mets are taking their time, and I believe that Joe Girardi got nervous and wanted to get a job, some job, and wanted to get back into baseball and that the Phillies made him feel like he was their guy from the outset," Boomer continued. 

"What I'm reading and what I'm hearing is that they (the Mets) are not at all disappointed that Joe Girardi is ending up with the Philadelphia Phillies."

While disappointed, Giannotti said he's not surprised the Mets weren't seriously interested in Girardi, who managed the Yankees from 2008-17.

"They brought him in for a couple of interviews," Gio said. "Maybe that was just to appease the fan base, do the due diligence on an experienced manager who's a local guy who obviously won a World Series here."

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Did Girardi's Yankees past hurt his chances with the Mets?

"I think that's a big deal, too," Esiason said.

"That's stupid," Giannotti responded. 

"I know it's stupid, but I'm just saying I think it's a big deal. I do," Boomer said.

Girardi was the only known candidate for the Mets job with major league managerial experience, not counting the 22 games Tim Bogar spent as the Rangers' interim manager in 2014. Remaining finalists for the job include Bogar, the Nationals' first-base coach; Yankees special adviser Carlos Beltran; ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez; Twins bench coach Derek Shelton; and Mets quality control coach Luis Rojas.

"The reason why they're not upset is because (general manager) Brodie (Van Wagenen) is a guy who wants to be able to be the man when it comes to the decision-making process, like most general managers. ... But I also think that you could still have a healthy relationship with a guy like Joe Girardi, who is also a Type-A personality who has experience.

"So I understand why they didn't do it," Giannotti continued. "We could go over every single reason why, and it would make sense. But I disagree with it. I disagree with the fact that you would stay away from the guy because he's a former Yankee manager. I would disagree with the fact that I'd stay away from him because he's highly opinionated."

Esiason explained that he likes Girardi because he's "a grinder."

"I know that he's going to show up, and I know he's going to put all of his effort and probably work long hours and he's going to be committed," Esiason said. "That's the thing that I love about Joe Girardi, that he's an all-in guy."

To listen to the open from Friday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.