I believe it was Erik Boland who pointed it out this morning, and it’s perfectly true: Joe Girardi always seems especially excited for any sort of pregame ceremony honoring the military. Watch the dugout one night when the Yankees have some sort of military ceremony, Girardi’s always front and center.
“I think, for me, it was the impact our visit to Washington D.C. had on me,” Girardi said this morning, referring to the team’s 2010 visit to Walter Reed hospital. “You really got a true sense of the sacrifices that these young men and women have made because of the what we saw in the hospital and the injuries and the rehab that these men and women have to overcome just to have somewhat of a normal life again.
“You realize how lucky we are to live in this country, how lucky it feels to be a father of three and a husband and how safe I feel about my family walking around every day in this country. Not every place is like that, and I believe it’s because of their service.”
This morning, Girardi helped pack care packages to be shipped to military men and women overseas, and of course I’m wishing a happy Veterans Day to everyone, especially one of my oldest friends, Zac, who’s currently stationed in Iraq.
A few other notes and links from today.
• Didn’t find out about this until today, and I’ll post another mention of it tomorrow morning: Jesus Montero will be meeting fans and signing autographs at Last Licks in Scarsdale on Saturday. He’ll be there from noon until 2 p.m.
• Obviously Jonathan Papelbon is the big baseball story of the day. With the Red Sox closer agreeing to a deal with the Phillies, old friend Pete Abraham mentioned that the free agent market is flooded with possible alternatives for Boston, and he mentioned three in-house candidates for the job, including former Yankees long man Alfredo Aceves.
• Apparently the Marlins are ready to spend this winter. They’re moving into a new stadium next season — opening it with two games against the Yankees — and today they reportedly made significant offers to both Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes.
• Looks like utility infielder Jamey Carroll is going to the Twins. Probably no spot for him with the Yankees anyway, especially not on a two-year deal, but he’s a nice player. Don’t really know him, but I’ve always liked him for some reason.
Associated Press photo from Yankee Stadium this morning