Earlier this year, I wrote a piece on how Joe Girardi and Michael Kay have coped with the presence of Alzheimer’s in their family lives (Girardi’s dad, Jerry, has it; Kay’s mom, Rose, passed away in 2006 after suffering from it). Girardi was very gracious during the interview and we spent quite a while talking in his office at Yankee Stadium about the importance of family.
Despite an obviously-demanding schedule, Girardi does all he can to be around his wife and kids. He is one of the few managers to frequently open up the clubhouse for the daughters of players after games (usually only sons are allowed) and in his office, right next to the big wooden locker where he hangs his clothes, is another locker about half the size of a regular one. It’s for Girardi’s son, Dante, who will dutifully change into his own play clothes before running around on the Stadium field long after a game is over.
I mention this because I came across this story recently, and thought I’d pass it on. It’s a nice piece from The Daily Northwestern, the paper at Girardi’s alma mater, and it gives some more insight and background into the part of Girardi’s life that clearly defines him. For those fans who want to know more about what drives their manager, family is a good place to start.