Girardi to manage Yankees in Game 4 despite father’s death
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Despite the death of his father, Joe Girardi is expected to call the shots for the New York Yankees Thursday when they take on the Baltimore Orioles in Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Yankees Stadium.
New York can clinch a spot in the AL Championship Series with a victory, with Phil Hughes on the mound against veteran Joe Saunders.
The Yankees have a 2-1 lead over the Orioles, thanks to homers by Raul Ibanez in the 9th ad 12th innings that propelled them to a 3-2 victory in Game 3.
Girardi’s father, Jerry, died after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.
The Yankees manager has not spoken publicly about the passing of his father, whom he credits for introducing him to the sport of baseball.
As a sign of gratitude, Joe gave his first World Series ring to his father.
A funeral mass will be held Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria while visitation will be allowed from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico. According to the family, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Snyder Village.