On Joe Girardi, Calming Influence

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 28: Manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees looks on during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

In this week’s magazine, Will Leitch presents an ode to Joe Girardi, Yankees manager and arbiter extraordinaire. Have you noticed how boring the Yankees have been for the last few years? You probably haven’t because you were so totally bored. Really, though, the relative cool around the Yanks has been something to behold, and it’s by design. Girardi has molded his club in his own image: calm, collected, and, considering that it’s New York, pretty quiet. The Yankees have avoided conflict, defused any dust-ups that did take place, and quietly notched playoff berths all the while. How, exactly, did Girardi instill such a culture of cool, and how far can it take the Yankees? [NYM]