Joe Girardi is a family man. Coaching the New York Yankees, he knows players have a life outside of baseball, especially the ones with a family.
In a recent interview with the New York Post, Girardi talked about the contrast from coaching younger players for the Florida Marlins, to more established players in New York:
My first managerial job [Marlins, 2006], a lot of my players didn't have families, 'cause they were so young. So then you come here and a lot of guys have kids, and to me … one of the many things that I learned from my father was the importance of knowing what your father does. And I knew what my father did because he took me to work with him. And I tell my players: "Your kids need to know what you do. So, bring 'em here, and at 4 o'clock, 4:30, once we start our work, then they have to kind of be out." But I want them to know. I want them around. You need to spend time with them. You know what? Your son has a baseball game, and you're not playing that day and you're a pitcher or whatever … not late for the game, but you don't have to be here, that sort of thing. I want their kids to know what their father does, and they have to be around, they have to be present.
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It's always great to see the other side of the players, the side with the families, and even better to know that some managers preaching that importance.
(h/t New York Post)