With reports coming out that Joe Girardi‘s father, Jerry, passed away Thursday morning, the manager of the New York Yankees clarified things Thursday evening before the start of Game 4 of the 2012 MLB Playoffs against the Baltimore Orioles. Girardi told reporters that his father passed away Saturday. Girardi publicly acknowledged it Thursday.
Girardi said that his father would have wanted him to do anything he could to win a World Series. This explains why Girardi has continued to manage the team throughout the series. Gut-wrenching feelings coming from Girardi.
An official release by the Yankees offered some light as to who Jerry Girardi was:
The elder Girardi was born on May 5, 1931, and married Angela Perino in 1959 in Tampico, Ill. The couple had five children: John, George, Maria, Joe and Jerry. Girardi is also survived by six grandchildren. His wife, Angela, passed away in 1984.
Girardi served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Later he worked in construction sales for National Gypsum Company, and he also worked as a bricklayer.
Girardi enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams, which he did for many years and was also very active at Sacred Heart Grade School and Spalding High School, where he was a president of the Booster Club. He was also a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in East Peoria.
Girardi will be in the dugout to manage Game 4 Thursday night. The Yankees will offer a moment of silence prior to the game.
All of our thoughts and prayers are with Girardi and his family at this time.
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