Girardi was the obvious choice 

October, 30, 2007
With a manager, you never know for sure. Granted, in Joe Girardi's one year as a manager, he was Manager of the Year. But that was just one year, and anyway there's a big difference between managing one of the worst National League teams and managing one of the best American League teams. Or there might be.

But honestly, is there anything at all to not like about Girardi? From Tyler Kepner's piece in the Times on Tuesday:

Girardi has an engineering degree from Northwestern, and he has a reputation for being meticulously prepared and open to new ideas. He was regarded as a leader when he played, and his teammates always knew he wanted to manage.