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."