4:19pm: Girardi’s father actually passed away on Saturday, though the news did not become public until today. Still sad though, I wish the Girardis the best.
3:39pm: Joe Girardi‘s father Jerry passed away today at age 81 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He still lived in the family’s hometown of Peoria, Illinois, and Joe would often visit him on the team’s scheduled off-days. Girardi is a tough guy and he’s always credited his father for that, and he will remain with the team and manage tonight’s game. Condolences to Joe and his family.