Girardi congratulates retiring Gaston

Girardi congratulates retiring Gaston

TORONTO -- Before Yankees manager Joe Girardi met with the media prior to Wednesday's series finale at Rogers Centre, he trotted over to the Blue Jays' dugout.

It was to talk to Cito Gaston, who was managing his final home game. Gaston managed the Blue Jays from 1989-97 and won the World Series in 1992 and '93. He then returned as manager in June 2008.

Gaston, 66, was honored in a ceremony before Wednesday's game. He is retiring after Sunday's season finale in Minnesota and will take an advisory job with the organization.

"Just to congratulate him on a great career," Girardi said after he returned to the Yankees' dugout. "He was someone I looked up to, someone that's done it right for a long time. ... He said, 'Thank you.'

"I often wonder the emotions that managers that have managed a long time may go through. I know what it's like as a player, and it was very difficult. I'm curious if it's the same as a manager."