On Friday, new Phillies manager Joe Girardi spoke with WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts and spoke on a number of topics, most notably his time interviewing for the Mets manager position earlier this offseason.
Girardi was among a number of candidates up for the position which ultimately went to Carlos Beltran.
"I thought they were very interested. I interviewed three times, and had a fourth one set up," Girardi said when asked if he really thought the Mets were interested in him. "No, I thought they were very interested. They chose to go a different direction. I'm really happy where I'm at, and I chose to go a different direction. That's how it kind of ended up."
Girardi was not considered a finalist for the role -- Eduardo Perez, Derek Shelton and Beltran were among the ones up for the job before Beltran ultimately got it.
Girardi was thought to be a potential good fit to manage in New York since he held the same position with the Yankees from 2008 to 2017 -- Girardi managed the Yankees to a World Series championship in 2009.