From Torre to Girardi to Rivera? No Mo. “I was thinking about it,” Mariano Rivera said with a laugh Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, “but no.” The Yankees’ legendary closer never figured as a serious candidate to succeed his former manager, Joe Girardi. He did, however, express his gratitude to Girardi, who caught his first save in 1996, managed his last save in 2013 and saw plenty in between. “I was surprised [by the Yankees’ dismissal of Girardi],” Rivera said. “I definitely was surprised, especially [since] Joe did a great job managing the team for so many years and especially this year. “But it’s a business. I wish the best to Joe, my friend, my manager, my teammate. The New York Yankees, the organization, I always will be a Yankee. I know the Yankees will try to get the best manager who’s going to bring the championship back home.” In light of Girardi receiving criticism (most notably from Rivera’s ex-teammate, Mark Teixeira) about being too intense and about that intensity negatively impacting young players, Rivera said, “I think that Joe was fair to everybody. To the youngsters and obviously to the veterans.