At this week’s NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was one of six recipients of the Silver Anniversary Award, presented to “individuals of merit” 25 years after their college graduation.
Girardi was a three-time all-Big 10 catcher at Northwestern, where he was also a three-time academic all-American and in 1985 was named third team all-America. In 1997, Girardi was inducted into Northwestern’s Hall of Fame, and he still closely follows the school’s athletic program, giving the Yankee beat writers occasional unprompted updates on the status of the program.
Leading up to this weeks award, a writer named Hunter Atkins wrote a wonderful piece about Girardi for The Daily Northwestern. It touches on Girardi’s Major League career as a player and manager, but mostly looks into his life leading to the big leagues.
“The interesting things you remember when you’re done playing are the relationships,” Girardi said. “I don’t remember games, I remember people.”
Make some time this weekend to read that story. It’s a really nice read and an interesting look into Girardi’s life.
Girardi photo taken from the Northwestern website