Yankees manager Joe Girardi has a better understanding than most of the challenges of the job Joe Torre did while he was in The Bronx.

That’s why he called Torre’s entry into Monument Park and his number being retired on Saturday “well-deserved.”

“He meant a ton to the organization,” Girardi said before the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the White Sox at the Stadium. “He had a great ability to make people believe everything was going to be all right if we stuck together. He was good at keeping the noise out.”

Good enough to guide the Yankees to the postseason 12 straight years, an accomplishment that stands out in particular this season, when the Yankees are in danger of missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons.