It was just announced that Joe Girardi's father passed away. Girardi will apparently manage tonight, and we can only hope that he can find solace in his activities. Jerry Girardi was 81 and had been suffering from Alzheimers' disease. From all of us here at the Pinstriped Bible, our respect and condolences to the manager of the Yankees and his family.
UPDATE: The Yankees just issued a clarification, explaining that Jerry Girardi actually died on Saturday. We always knew that Joe Girardi was a tightly controlled personality, but this is Thursday and it's the first we've heard about it. Girardi has managed all three of these games while in mourning. It is simultaneously very brave and a bit sad that he would think we would ask him to do that -- I think any fan, no matter how invested in the Yankees winning this year, would say, "It's okay if you sit this one out, Joe." I respect his decision to keep going, to honor his father this way, but I hope it didn't come out of any sense of obligation.