Girardi focused on run, not future

Girardi focused on run, not future

TORONTO -- Joe Girardi is very familiar with the home dugout at Wrigley Field from his days catching there, and now that Lou Piniella has waved goodbye as Cubs manager, he figures the amount of questions relating to that job opening will increase.

"I'm sure I'm going to be asked that a lot now," Girardi said. "My focus is here. I have a responsibility to the organization and the guys in that clubhouse. That's where my focus is.

"As a player when I was a free agent, I never worried about where I was going to be. The one thing that you can control is what happens this year. Your preparation and getting guys ready to play every day and doing the best job I can do. That's all I can worry about."

Girardi is in the final year of a three-year contract with the Yankees, having led them to the World Series title last season after missing the playoffs in 2008.

He said he is fine with the organization's stance to not negotiate deals in-season, a policy that is meant to reduce distractions and applies not only to Girardi, but also players with expiring contracts like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

"I'm very happy here. I have a working relationship here with everyone involved," Girardi said. "I know I have a background there. I'm not going to skirt around my background there. I grew up a Cubs fan. I played for the Cubs. But I'm not worried about that right now. I'm worried about what we're doing now. We're in a fight."