"Giants," Girardi said Friday. "You'd imagine there's going to be some points scored. Both offenses can be pretty dynamic at times. The Giants have been pretty good at stretching the field."
Having led the Yankees to the 2009 World Series title, Girardi says he can understand a bit of what Coughlin has been going through this week.
"Yeah, it's a lot. It's a lot of preparation," Girardi said. "You think about all the things that they have to prepare for, and one of the things you hope is -- and a good portion of their players have been there recently -- that you don't get too bogged down with all of the outside distractions. He seems to be really good at handling all of that."
Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey also isn't torn, even if he doesn't have a team in the game. Bailey grew up in Voorhees, N.J., outside of Philadelphia.As @AndrewBailey40 tweeted Wednesday, "I'm going with the Pats, 'cause as an Eagles fan I can't stand the Giants." When it comes down to it, the big-city rivalries being played out this Sunday on the gridiron and at least 18 times later this year in ballparks are really apples and oranges -- or bagels and chowder. The Patriots and Giants could not possibly develop a rivalry like Red Sox-Yankees, and the Sox and Yanks can never meet for the ultimate prize in baseball because they're in the same league. The history is definitely different, by the very nature of the sports. The Patriots and Giants first played each other in 1970 and have played each other 10 times, including Super Bowl XLII. The Boston and New York franchises in the American League first met in 1903 (after what would be the Yankees franchise moved from Baltimore). They have played each other 2,051 times and have played 72 games against each other since the last Boston-New York Super Bowl (Red Sox lead, 39-33). By comparison, the Patriots have played their division rival from New York, the Jets, 103 times -- and that's over 52 seasons. And, true, the Red Sox and Yankees haven't played in a one-game spectacular like the Super Bowl ... well, unless you count the Bucky Dent tiebreaker game in 1978, or Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, or Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. And there is the little matter of the 1986 World Series, which deprived Boston of a World Series championship when the Yankees' crosstown neighbors, the Mets, pulled off another miracle. At any rate, the Patriots and Giants are each going for their fourth Super Bowl ring, so they're certainly organizations that have accomplished much over the years. And members of the granddaddy of all rivalries will be enjoying every bit of it. "I'm going to watch it quietly at home," Teixeira said. "This is one of those Super Bowls that I really want to watch every play. ... I'll be on my couch watching it -- and enjoying the commercials. I went to the Super Bowl the last two years, which is great, I love going to Super Bowls. But this one is going to be a nice one at home." Which of course leaves Teixeira's prediction, although the victor everyone knows already: Giants, 27-24, the same score his manager Girardi predicted. "I don't see anyone running away with this one, but I'd love to see the Giants by three," Teixeira said.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.