Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Donnie: Not getting Yanks job 'a blessing'
By Kieran Darcy
Don Mattingly loves being back in the Bronx, but admits he would have struggled as Yankees manager had he won the job back in late 2007.
NEW YORK -- Yankees legend Don Mattingly, now the manager of the Dodgers, held a news conference at Yankee Stadium prior to Tuesday night's rainout.
Here are a few highlights:
• This is Mattingly's first trip back to the Bronx as a manager. He has skippered the Dodgers since 2011, but the team hasn't played at Yankee Stadium since the 1981 World Series.
"Obviously good to come back. Always really enjoy coming back into the city," Mattingly said. "And honestly when you fly in, if it’s going to Citi Field, obviously [it's] not the same as coming here.
"But it’s always been for me, great," Mattingly added. "You don’t quite understand the relationship honestly. [I] came from a small town, loved playing, came here and just played. And pretty much tried to keep it as simple as that. And [the fans] seemed to appreciate that."
• Mattingly interviewed to become the manager of the Yankees after the 2007 season, but the team hired Joe Girardi instead. He admitted being disappointed, but added that he felt like he was treated well by the team during the process.
"And to be very honest with you, it was a blessing for me," Mattingly said. "At the end of the day, the stuff that went on with me personally right after that, would have made it really, really hard to do the job here and try to go through that at the same time."
Mattingly was going through a painful and public divorce at that time.
• Mattingly was asked if he could see himself managing the Yankees at some point in the future.
"Well, I can see myself managing anywhere, honestly," Mattingly said. "[But] I’m where I want to be. I want to do a great job for our organization, and I’m doing the best job I can.
"I want to keep managing, I’ll say that," he added. "I love what I’m doing. As tough as this year’s been, it’s something I love."
The Dodgers are currently 29-39, last place in the National League West.