Thursday, October 11, 2012

Joe Girardi still plans on managing in game 4 despite dad passing away

Jerry Girardi, the father of New York Yankees manager Joe, passed away at the age of 81.

Jerry had been battling Alzheimer's disease and reports said he died on Saturday but it wasn't announced until today.

Joe Girardi does plan on managing in tonight's Game 4 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.  The Yankees hold a 2-1 lead in best-of-five series.



Joe Girardi, the fourth of five children, credits his father for introducing him to the sport of baseball.  Joe gave his first World Series ring to his dad.

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"I feel sorry for him.  I know it's tough," Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano said.

"Even if he was sick for a long time, it's still hard," said Cano.  "We want to win for him tonight.  I know he's a family guy.  You always see his kids and his wife.  He always says 'family first' so I know this is tough for him."

According to reports, funeral services have not been set, but will be held in Girardi's home town of East  Peoria, Ill..

The Yankees will hold a moment of silence before tonight's game.

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