Father of Yankees manager passes away

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

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 Heart Catholic Church in Peoria, Ill. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico, Ill.

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