NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Girardi knows what is expected of him: World Series championship No. 27.
"I expect to be playing in the fall classic next October. I think that's everyone's expectation," he said Tuesday after agreeing to three-year contract to manage the New York Yankees. "I've been there some years, and I haven't been there some years, and I've broadcast there some years, and let me tell you, it's much better when you're in uniform and you're there."
Girardi's deal to succeed Joe Torre is worth $7.8 million, a person familiar with the agreement said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Yankees didn't announce the details. It includes bonuses based on how far the team advances in the postseason.
Girardi was the 2006 NL Manager of the Year with Florida, plus he has a pinstriped pedigree.
The hard-nosed catcher played on three Yankees teams that won the World Series, served as their bench coach under Torre in 2005 and was a TV announcer for the YES network in 2004 and this year.