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Joe Girardi’s father passes away

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.



22 Responses to “Joe Girardi’s father passes away”

  1. JM October 11th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Not a Marchand fan by any means but this was nicely done:

  2. astrocityfan October 11th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for the Girardis. Losing a parent is tough. Maybe the team can make this easier for him by playing well.

  3. BD (Boston Dave) October 11th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Thoughts are with Joe. Terrible news.

    Hope the Yanks can win one for Jerry.

  4. sunny615 October 11th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Condolences to the Girardi family.

  5. RadioKev October 11th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    “Enough Struggling Sluggers to Fill a Dugout”

    Not just about Yankee players in this ALDS

  6. Bronx Jeers October 11th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I know Joes dad had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for quite some time but I’m sure Joes torn up.

    Yanks need to end this series tonight to give Joe some time to tend to his family.

    But with last night I’m taking this as an omen. We got some heroics, mystique, aura etc and now some tragedy. Good things are a comin.

  7. yankeefeminista October 11th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Yankees lineup: jeter dh, ichiro 7, tex 3, cano 4, Rodriguez 5, swisher 9, Martin 2, granderson 8, nix 6 , Hughes 1

  8. yankeefeminista October 11th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Go Huuughes!

    God bless, Joe G. and family.

  9. Barry October 11th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This probably goes to my perception that the pressure was too much for Mr. Girardi. And, it was. My experience, it will continue to exert influence for a long time to come. So many well intentioned people keep saying let go. I can tell you, my experience in this past July with my wife, you never let go. No matter what. Life trumps everything.

  10. m October 11th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Just so sad. I hope Girardi can take solace in the thought that his father is in a much better place now. Condolences to Joe and his family.

  11. bruceb October 11th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    No Ibanez again in the starting lineup. Did anyone tell them the definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting different results?

  12. RhapsodyInBlue October 11th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Condolensces to Joe, I lost my Dad three weeks ago. He was a hugh Yankee fan his entire life, a WWII vet and a great father, he was always there, he was 87 and tough as they come.

    His final days as sick as he was he always seemed to perk up when I came to visit because he knew that we would talk about baseball and the Yankees.

    He was very civic minded and gave a lot back to the community and there was a great outpouring for his death.

    I’m really hoping the team pulls it off this season, and now for the memory of Joe’s dad.

    I know it’s something we all deal with, but it’s a very sad personal experience.

    My prayers will be with the Yankees and Joe tonight.

  13. m October 11th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Who is the DH? If it’s Jeter then there is no spot for Ibanez in the lineup. Don’t really want him in the OF.


    Good to be back.

  14. Warning Track Power October 11th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Jeter is the DH today!

  15. NYY_Girl_Penny October 11th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    NYY_Girl_Penny October 11th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    Cano – .167
    Granderson – .091
    Arod – .083

    They are all equally brutal, but I haven’t heard anyone talk about them, just Arod.

  16. BobbyJones October 11th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    er granderson is in the lineup

  17. m October 11th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Does this mean Nunez at SS?

  18. Pat M. October 11th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    m…..Steve Nash looks real good as does a very trim Ron World be Peace Artest…….Lakers are loaded and will be the team to beat

  19. mikenyy19 October 11th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Our condolences. Everyone in the baseball world, could hate the Yankees’ but really when it comes down to it, we have the best family/fan base there is.

  20. Against All Odds October 11th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    and will be the team to beat


    Even though I root for the Lakers I can’t agree with that. Too much movement in yr one: new players, new bench, new offensive system(bringing in Eddie Jordan), etc. No doubt they will be a top team.

  21. NYY_Girl_Penny October 11th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    lets win this one for Mitt Romney. He’s so amazing and clever. For sure an altruist and will right all the wrongs in this world. He is more devine than the puppet, i mean pope! go get ‘em sluggers.

    Let’s win this one for Obama, even if basketball is his sport. Let’s win this one for him so we can keep watching Sesame St until our octa-years. Plus he’s just dude cool. Now sure what he meant about change though.

    Let’s win this one for.. me.

  22. NYY_Girl_Penny October 11th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Every game that’s not at Yankee Stadium the fans are going nuts.. many reasons for that .. the price of tickets, different fans, not spoiled with rings, design of stadium etc.. but whatever the reason is, it’s embarrassing. If the stadium design prevents that, well thats a huge flaw. Then again these other stadiums are ballparks, not shopping malls with a ballpark in them designed to milk you of your last dollar.

    Here an idea.. let’s put ballparks in all the major shopping malls in the USA!

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