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Girardi wins World Series, helps crash victim on way home

Nov 5, 2009, 12:31 PM EDT

On his way home from managing the Yankees to their 27th championship last night Joe Girardi reportedly “stopped to help a woman who had lost control of her car on the Cross County Parkway and crashed into a wall.”
According to Hoa Nguyen of the New York Journal News, the crash happened at 2:25 a.m. and 27-year-old Marie Henry was “stunned by the accident, but otherwise uninjured.”
As for Girardi, he “had passed through a driving while intoxicated checkpoint” that was being run by “a self-described huge Yankees fan” police officer who “congratulated him on his first win as a manager and waved him through.”
Nguyen adds that Andy Pettitte “also passed through earlier” and Westchester County police officer Kathleen Cristiano explained that they “came through with a smile.” All of which is perhaps much ado about nothing, but it’s at least worth noting that Girardi and Pettitte were making their way home from a Yankees clubhouse that was just shown on national television drenched in champagne.
After flagging down police offers Girardi reportedly told them that he “had to get going” and “ran across traffic again to reach his car.” As county Sgt. Thomas McGurn put it: “He could have gotten killed. Traffic goes by at 80 miles per hour.” Quite a night, huh?

  1. Old Gator - Nov 5, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    One of the more pleasant byproducts of the Borg Series victory was drifting off to sleep this morning in the throes of a reverie about Jeffrey Loria and David Samson gagging down the spectacle of Girardi standing amid the baseball brass with that big ugly trophy in his arms. No one realistically wants the Marlins to spend Borg money on their payroll, nor does any sane person expect them to. We do, however, wish someone else would buy this franchise and run it like they actually wanted and expected to win. Loria’s inability to deal with Girardi and his petulant little decision to dump him after he got far more out of that discount lineup that could be humanly expected was a case in point. Way to go, JG. And thanks for that thankless year you spent cutting your teeth down here. That endangered species, the Marlins fan, really did appreciate you.

  2. Ken Perry - Nov 5, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Joe Girardi deserves all the praises of baseball fans everywhere. He did a masterful job of mixing his pitchers just in the right situation and a solid threeman rotation.
    I have been a Yankees fan all my life from a little boy on the farm in North Carolina. My Father before me was a Yankees fan. That said, I have seen alot of Yankees baseball in the lase sixty years, alon with alot of great players. This group of Yankees stands at or near the top of alltime Bronx Bombers.
    Go Yanks, from Ken Perry

  3. angst24 - Nov 5, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Girardi did no big thing-with that lineup, I could have managed them to a title.
    How many more dollars will the Yankees spend while their poorer fans can’t afford tickets to their games? Baseball needs a salary cap-level the playing field.
    And Texeira says God pointed him to the Yankees???? The money pointed him there…not God.

  4. Lou Jensen - Nov 5, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Where is my man “daddy” Where are ya?
    God Love the Yankees! What a spectacle huh? All them great players gathered in the infield, sharing their joy and love through hugs and kisses!
    Wouldn’t it be great if the Yanks could win every year? I know, I know…they’ve got 27 banners, I’d like to see 50 or so…

  5. jonny5 - Nov 5, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Money is God to many people, maybe that was his slant?

  6. SUDUKO2 - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM


  7. bobmc - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Aaron “Red Sox Shill” Gleeman comes up with this innuendo filled blather about Girardi and Pettite after they win the World Series.What a complete phony.

  8. dan - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    yeah, but how do you explain the poor sap that God told to go play for the San Diego Padres?

  9. On the rocks1947 - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    I’m happy that the owners of the team I have rooted for for sixty decades aren’t afraid to spend the money they earn from ticket sales, TV, etc. to give the fans that spend that money a winning team. Isn’t that better than a team like Cleveland, for example, that dumps its best players so it can keep costs low while raisning ticket prices and padding the owner’s pockets?

  10. Yankees Girl - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    MLB already “levels the playing field”. If it weren’t for the Profit Sharing program, several teams wouldn’t even be able to field 9 players. The only people complaining about the money the Yankees spend are fans whose teams don’t win. I didn’t hear all of you complaining last year when the Yanks didn’t make the playoffs.

  11. Yankees Girl - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    The Yankees paid out $76 million in one year? That’s more than 14 teams paid in total team salary in 2009. It’s not the Yankees fault if the other teams don’t know how to use it right.
    “Revenue sharing makes some franchises significant payers and others recipients. For example, in 2005, the Yankees reportedly paid out about $76 million. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and Kansas City Royals each received $30 million or more, according to the Wall Street Journal.”

  12. gerund dipthong - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Let’s see, they acquired Burnett, Teixeira and Sabathia last winter and signed them to $421 MILLION in contracts over a combined 20 years..they should have won!!! What other team could afford to do that? It’s doubtful that they would’ve even made the playoffs without those three players?
    I guess baseball thinks this is fair to the other 29 teams. No other team can spend so freely.

  13. jammin jimmy - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Hey you schmuck quite a few of the big stars on other teams sosters have come from my lowly Padres, at least I can afford to go to a game in a beautiful ballpark and not get raped on concessions or the price of a ticket, besides the obvious hurdle of having to sit next to an obnoxious yankee fan. I hope your friking team goes bankrupt!!!!!

  14. JDR - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Who cares? MLB has long sinced dimmed on the public stage.
    The richest win. Steroids. 50 year old stars.
    Maybe it should just be the Yankees barnstorming every year so that we could pay homage, kinda like the Globetrotters. Except they were entertaining and fun.
    Watch baseball and have a nice nap.

  15. Dan - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Hey Jammin Jimmy,
    No disrespect to the Pads but everytime I hear an athlete say “God sent me their” I wonder why you never hear that from an athlete that plays for a team with a losing record. I am a New York Yankees fan but that comment from Tex is played out and unthought.

  16. LINDA BOURBON - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Go Yankees from a N. Calif. fan. They played hard and won, so just go with the flow who ever is against this great team. They worked hard and beat the best teams. STOP HATING YOUR TEAM LOST………..

  17. LINDA BOURBON - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Go Yankees from a N. Calif. fan. They played hard and won, so just go with the flow who ever is against this great team. They worked hard and beat the best teams. STOP HATING YOUR TEAM LOST………..

  18. areucraZy - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    why don’t you and pedro get a room and have a wild time

  19. godisamerican - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    god is a yankee fan, for real, ask him

  20. who's watching? - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Yankees won. Yawn. MLB? Yawn. You listening Selig?

  21. miranda - Nov 5, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Please, stop hating. It’s understandable if you hate the Yankees, but there’s no way you can say that Girardi didn’t make any good decisions with the lineup. And if you are a Yankees fan, can’t you just be happy that we won without complaining about some mistakes that Girardi made?

  22. Kevin - Nov 5, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Yankees fans get over yourselves you never would have won if not for the huge spending. My 7 year old daughter can manage that team, c’mon now, lets be real hear. The crap i am hearing all year from the yanks fans is laughable, YOU WOULD NOT BE HERE IF NOT FOR YOUR $421 MILLION SPENDING SPREE. Maybe some yankees fans will come out of the ether and realize this. F@#K YOU YANKEES.

  23. avenging NYY - Nov 5, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    FU -kevin…I bet you’d sell your daughter would go to the highest bidder.

  24. BIGBRUCE11047 - Nov 5, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    I agree with angst24 when he or she mentioned that I could have managed the Yankees to their title. When someone can spend over $200 million in salary they better win the title. The way the salary cap works now anyone who can afford to pay the fine each year can spend whatever it wants. Major League baseball needs to do just what football does and say you can’t spend over this amount for salaries each year. If you go over someone has to go. Let’s make it fair for all the teams in the league. Teams like the Florida Marlins whose salaries aren’t over $100 million can not compete with the teams who have nothing but money. Let us do something soon.

  25. filmdude - Nov 5, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Seriously, what is this article about: Girardi helping a crash victim or Yankees driving under influence… why can’t the writer decide and pick one to go with?

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