Girardi will manage Game Four tonight following father’s death

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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.

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  • Eddards

    Very sad news for Joe. He will manage tonight in honor of a great man. When George passed away the Yanks won in honor of him. Yankee Stadium has just added another ghost and I have no doubt they will lift the Yanks to victory tonight.

    • @ggooglyboogly

      i already have chills thinking about what yankee universe will do for joe tonight

  • Brian

    R.I.P. Jerry Girardi. Lets win this tonight for Jerry!!!!

  • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

    R.I.P. Jerry Girardi.

  • The Real Greg

    RIP Jerry Girardi.

    Eerily similar to 1996 when Torre’s brother Frank had to go through a heart transplant, only this time it is more tragic.

    • Dave in VA

      I remember that Rocco Torre (Frank and Joe’s brother) had passed away suddenly while Frank was waiting for the heart transplant, during the 1996 regular season. That added some anxiety to the wait, I’m sure.

  • Bill

    R.I.P. Jerry Girardi. Let’s win this one for him and Joe tonight!!!!!

  • YanksX28

    Thats just terrible news, I can imagine what could be going through his mind now. My condolences to the Girardi family.

  • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hughesllday)

    Sorry to hear about this. Alzheimer’s is a really painful process to watch. Just lost my grandmother to it back in June. My heart goes out to the Girardi family.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

      And I lost my Grandfather because of it last Feburary…it really isn’t a pleasant thing to see at all. My heart goes out to Joe and his family. I hope they win this one for Jerry so Joe can have a few days off to be with his family w/ nothing else to worry about.

    • The Real Greg

      My grandmother currently has Alzheimer’s and while I have spoken to her to a few times on the phone, I have not had the guts to visit her, only for her to ask “Who are you?” Shows what guts Girardi really has as a human being

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

        I don’t know if I should be grateful or not that it rendered my grandfather essentially mute for the last year or so of his life. I can’t tell you how hard it is too look into the face of a loved one and have them have no idea who you are…

        • The Real Greg

          I know. Scares the shit out of me to be honest.

      • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hughesllday)

        It certainly wasn’t easy once she didn’t know who I was anymore. Can’t say I blame you.

      • The Real Greg

        Actually to be frank, I was confused and just asked my father. My grandmother does not have Alzheimer’s. She has Dementia. I apologize greatly.

        • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hughesllday)

          Alzheimer’s is a form of Dementia. You weren’t wrong. From what I understand, they don’t know for sure if it is Alzheimer’s or not until after death. That’s how it was explained to me anyway.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

          Very similar things, I think that Dementia might even be a form of Alzheimer’s.

          • The Real Greg

            Yeah, I looked it up. My father said they were almost the same.

            • @ggooglyboogly

              i’m sorry for both of you guys, i can’t imagine how it would be to see one of my parents/grandparents like this

              • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hughesllday)

                It’s the weirdest feeling. At some point, you get to a place where you want them to die. There’s no quality of life, and she didn’t even know her own name by the end.

                It’s cruel.

    • Robinson Tilapia (I BELIEVE IN PHIL HUGHES)

      My wife’s grandpa was an incredibly strong, funny guy who just became a shadow of himself by the end. It’s…….real fucking cruel what happens to many of us as we get older.

      You get that age where your own parents hit their mid-60’s and their mortality really starts to hit you. I can’t imagine what this would be like.

      God bless you, Joe. Let’s win it for dad tonight.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    God bless the Girardi family.

  • Mike

    That really sucks. Condolences to the Girardi family.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Win one for the Jer!

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hughesllday)

      +1

      If Joe is going to put off his mourning for this, the Yanks need to kick some serious ass for him.

  • Ram

    Seems like destiny to win now.

  • DERP

    So he actually passed away on Saturday. Condolences to Joe and his family.

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    Condolences to Girardi and his family. Losing a father is a big, big loss.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…(AND NEITHER IS PHIL HUUUUUUGHES!!!)

    Between the ARod pinch hit and the managing despite the death of his father, I think the size of Joe’s heart and balls are now fully established as, well, enormous.

    I think we need to swap out Chuck Norris for Joe G in all those catchy phrases about how bad ass he is.

    RIP Jerry Girardi.

    And go fucking Yankees!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    One slight issue, TBS broke in citing Jerry G died Saturday.

  • Andrew J.

    As someone who’s father died with a similar condition, my prayers for the Girardi family.
    AJ

  • awesomeo

    Had my grandmother pass from Lou Gherigs disease earlier this year. It makes things a lot easier having time to know someone is going to die rather than it just suddenly happening I think. Condolences.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Our thoughts are with you, Giradi family.

  • JohnC

    My deepest condolences to Joe Girardi and his family

  • JM

    Girardi was a Bulldog as a player, Bulldog as a coach and now as Manager. Wouldn’t want anyone else leading us into battle. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Joe!!

  • RetroRob

    When Girardi had that brief shouting match in front of the media when the Yankees were last in Chicago, I remember wondering if visiting home and seeing his father in obviously very poor shape contributed to it. If so, completely understandable.

    Having lost both my parents at way too early an age, it’s never easy to handle, although there is often relief when the parent was obviously suffering with a long illness, as was the case here. Everyone reacts differntly, but for me having the structure of my job and having my family and friends around helped me through that period. Hopefully that’s the case for Joe, too.

    RIP, Jerry Girardi.

  • rek4gehrig

    RIP Jerry. Number 28 is for you :-)

    Deepest condolences to Joe and his family

  • Cano fan #1

    R.I.P

  • Curtis Grandyerson a.k.a. Sombrero Sanchez

    RIP Jerry

  • Sean C

    I’m from Peoria, IL (and live in East Peoria), and his father’s obituary was in our local paper, the Peoria Journal Star, today. It is extremely sad news, and I can only hope that the Yankees take care of business tonight so Joe can make it back for the services on Monday, which is an off day. I do not personally know the family, but I will be going to his visitation on Sunday night, and it will be an honor to send the Girardi family as much love, support and respect as I can from us Yankee fans.

    The Deiters Funeral Home has some nice words about him: http://www.deitersfuneralhome......hp?id=1097

  • King George

    After this is coming out, one can’t help but think that Jerry was watching over the stadium during what some of us termed as a “magical game” last night. Kind of amazing, no?

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    RIP Jerry Girardi.

    How very sad. I lost one of my grandmas to Alzheimer’s almost 7 years ago. It’s tough. I regret not visiting her before her death, but I wasn’t equipped at 19 years old to handle the situation if she didn’t recognize me.

    Echoing many of your words above, I can only hope that the Yankees will rally together for Joe tonight and shut this series down.