Passion, they say, is like a driving force, it drives you to be the best you can be, and a man who is passionate about what he does is none other than former baseball catcher and manager Joseph Elliot Girardi, known and approached professionally as Joe Girardi.
Prior to his managerial career, Girardi played professional baseball for the MLB Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the New York Yankees, which he later coached for nearly a decade. As a Yankees player, he won the World Championship three times and once with the same team as their manager. He is so passionate about the game of baseball that he thrives even under unfavorable working conditions. So sit back and learn more about Joe Girardi.
Joseph Elliott Girardi was born on October 14, 1964, in Peoria, Illinois, in the family of Jerry and Angela Girardi. He is the fourth of five children of his parents; he has three brothers (Gerald, George, and John) and one sister (Mary). His father was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a former employee.
Growing up, he attended several schools; first, it was Neil Armstrong Elementary School in East Peoria and then Sacred Heart/Father Sweeney in Peoria, where he learned to play basketball under the guidance of his own father. Joe later attended the Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute in Peoria, Illinois, where his love for baseball was kindled. During his time at Our Lady/Spalding Institute, he played on the school baseball team and also on the soccer team, but his special interest was baseball.
After high school, he attended Northwestern University, Illinois, where he played catcher for the school baseball team. He later earned a degree in industrial engineering, but instead of pursuing a career in his field of study, he chose to become a professional baseball player.
He began his career in 1986 after the Chicago Cubs brought him into their minor league. After 4 seasons in the Minor League, he moved up to the Major League where he made his debut in 1989. From that time until today his career has been a great success, he has had amazing statistics throughout his career as a baseball player with a batting average of 0.267 per game and 36 home runs. Other clubs he played for besides the Chicago Cubs included the Colorado Rockies, the New York Yankees, and the St. Louis Cardinal.
In 2003, he retired from baseball after sixteen games, and this season he hit .130 with an RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals. He then became a commentator for YES Network. His good work as a presenter of a youth-oriented Yankees on Deck in 2004 earned him good reviews and a chance at the 2005 Yankee broadcasts, but he turned down the offer, as well as another offer to become the Florida Marlins’ bank coach, which came with the offer to become the team’s manager in 2006. Instead, he chose to become the Yankees’ bank coach, and at the same time, he hosted Kids on Deck, which he shot before spring training.
YES promoted Kids on Deck by showing Girardi sitting on the bench at intervals during the games. The following year, he became a presenter for Fox during the World Series alongside Kevin Kennedy and Jeanne Zelasko. After the 2005 regular season, Joe Girardi replaced Jack McKeon as manager of the Marlins, and he coached the team until the end of 2017, leading them to a record 78-84 as coach of the team, and receiving the National League Manager of the Year and Sporting News Manager of the Year awards for the National League in 2006.
In 2007, Joe Girardi was offered the position of Sam Perlozzo after he was fired as Baltimore Orioles, but he declined. That year, the manager position at the Yankees became available, he applied for the position and was soon appointed as the team’s new manager. He signed a 3-year contract with the team worth $7.5 million.
Girardi wore the number 27 jersey as a sign of his desire to lead the team to its 27th World Championship. He was so determined to achieve this that, in order to ensure that his players were fit to do their best, he banned sweets and soda in the clubhouse. His first season with the Yankees was not as successful as he had expected, as for the first time in fourteen years the Yankees were eliminated in the post-season. The team finished this season with a record 89:73 and finished third in AL East.
His second season, however, was an improved version of the previous one; he led the team to win the World Series title, making it his first World Series title as manager. His time as a manager with the Yankees was a great success for his career, as he spent nine seasons with the Yankees. His contract was not renewed in 2017 and he was replaced by Aaron Boone. In 2018 he joined MLB Network as an analyst.
Joe Girardi’s Family: Wife Daughter, Son
The former coach of the Yankees, who is of Italian descent, has been married to Kimberly Innocenzi since 1990. The couple met at Northwestern University. Kim had lost her earring, and Joe helped her find it. After that, the two became friends and began to make friends, and today the rest, as they say, is history. The couple has three children together – two daughters (Serena and Lena) and a son named Dante.
While his son decided to follow in his footsteps (he was a hitter in high school), his daughter Serena decided to carve out a niche for herself in the film industry. They are devout Christians and currently live in Purchase, New York.
Height, Weight, And Body Stats
Physical fitness tends to make you look younger than your age, and that’s exactly what Joe is, he’s so physically fit that you would doubt his age, except for the few gray hairs that could make him look that way.
The athlete is in good shape, although not the tallest of the coaches, he stands at a height of 1.50 m and weighs 91 kg. He has a broad shoulder, a narrow hip, and a flat, hardened belly. He also has these thick forearm muscles, which he developed as a child when he helped his mason-father.