When Joe Torre decided not to return as the manager of the New York Yankees, former Yankee great Don Mattingly seemed to be next in line to be skipper. But in the end, Mattingly was passed over in favor of former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi.
According to Mattingly, the decision that the Yankees brass made was like “one of those unanswered prayers.” I’m pretty sure he twisted his words a bit there because Mattingly couldn’t be happier to NOT be managing the Yankees.
“I’m glad, really thankful. It’s one of those unanswered prayers,” Mattingly said yesterday in Vero Beach, where he is the Los Angeles Dodgers’ major-league special assignment coach. “I look up and go, ‘Thank you for not allowing me to get that job!’”
Riiiiight. That’s like saying, “I’m really glad I didn’t sleep with Scarlett Johansson. I look at pictures of her online and I go ‘Thank you for not allowing me to look at them naked.’”
Coincidentally, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was having a similar dream about Ms. Johansson last night.