Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s father has died at the age of 81. Word is that Girardi will manage tonight’s game.
Jerry Girardi lived in Peoria, Ill. and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Joe would usually visit his father whenever the Yankees were in Chicago. According to the Peoria Journal Star, a date has not been set for funeral services.
Obviously it’s awful news, and I’m sure all of our thoughts go out to the Girardi family.
Here’s the schedule of events for tonight’s game, and I have to assume that a moment of silence will be added to the schedule at some point.
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Yankees Hit
5:30 p.m. – Gates Open to the Public
6:00 – 6:50 p.m. – Orioles Hit
7:25 p.m. – Presentation of Colors: New York Maritime Color Guard at Fort Schuyler
7:26 p.m. – National Anthem: Matthew Polenzani
7:29 p.m. — Ceremonial First Pitch: Willie Randolph
7:32 p.m. – Umpires and Managers to Home Plate
7:35 p.m. – Yankees Take the Field
7:37 p.m. – First Pitch
* FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson will perform God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.