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Joe Girardi

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Biography:

The American dream – it pulls people from all corners of the globe to this glorious country, for the economic prosperity and opportunity to achieve anything; and nobody knows this better than ex-professional baseball player, manager, and sports speaker Joe Girardi. His father being a blue-collar worker and Air Force veteran, Girardi exemplifies the dreams of many of this nation’s youth to grow up and play professional ball.

After playing for Northwestern in his college years, Girardi was drafted in the fifth round to the Chicago Cubs. After rising through the ranks of the minors, he made his major league debut for the Cubs in 1989. After three years he was picked up by the newly formed Colorado Rockies in their expansion draft. After another three years, he was traded to the New York Yankees. While there, he caught two no-hitters, including David Cone’s perfect game.  Girardi notably hit an RBI triple in game 6 of the 1996 World Series that allowed the Yankees to clench the Series. In 2000, he signed with the Cubs again and he eventually retired from playing professional baseball in 2003 while playing for the St. Lewis Cardinals. Following his retirement, he became a baseball commentator for both the YES Network and Fox Sports. In 2006, he was the manager for the Florida Marlins, where he won the National League Manager of the Year Award and The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award for the National League. In 2007 he was offered the position of manager for the Baltimore Orioles, but turned it down in order to go back to broadcasting. In 2008, he became the manager of the New York Yankees.  He adopted the jersey number 27due to his desire to lead the team to their 27th World Series victory, which he did in 2009. On his way home from the game, he stopped to help a driver who had crashed into a wall on a dangerous blind curve. The next day, Girardi said of the incident, “I think the most important thing is that, obviously, there’s a lot of joy in what we do, but we can’t forget to be human beings when we help others out.” After winning their 27th World Series, Girardi changed his number to 28.