Jerry Girardi, the father of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, died on Saturday at age 81 from Alzheimer's disease at Snyder Village, a residential healthcare provider, in Metamora, Ill. The team confirmed the news Thursday afternoon prior to Game 4 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles, a game Joe Giardi is expected to manage in hopes of piloting the Yankees into the American League Championship Series. Joe Girardi declined to reveal his father's passing last weekend and has led the Yankees to a 2-1 series lead, including a dramatic Game 3 win highlighted by his bold move to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez. Raul Ibanez ended up hitting the game-tying and game-winning home runs.
Jerry 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.
The Yankees will have a moment of silence for Jerry Girardi prior to the game.