Originally written October 11, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The father of New York Yankees manger Joe Girardi has died, the team announced Thursday. Jerry Girardi passed away Saturday at a residential health-care facility in Metamora, Ill. Girardi, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was 81. The Yankees will observe a moment of silence in Girardi's memory before Game 4 of the American League Division Series with Baltimore on Thursday night. Joe Girardi will continue to manage the team, according to Newsday's David Lennon, in the series, which the Yankees lead 2-1. Girardi guided the Yankees to a dramatic victory on Wednesday night and was hailed for his decision to use Raul Ibanez as a pinch hitter for Alex Rodriguez. Ibanez hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and the winning blast in the 12th. Girardi is the fourth of five children. The elder Girardi, who worked as a construction salesman and a bricklayer, also has six granchildren. His wife, Angels, died in 1984. A funeral Mass will be held Monday at Sacred Hea...
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