NEW YORK —
But Showalter, whose own dad passed away shortly after Showalter was named Yankees manager more than 20 years ago, empathized with Girardi's plight over the past few days.
"Every situation is different like that. It's part of life, but you're never ready," Showalter said. "I know you see the type of man Joe is … We're at the mercy of the mothers and fathers of the world, and I know you've got a pretty good idea what Joe's dad must have been about. My dad passed away two weeks ago after I got the job [in New York] managing, and I think about him every day."
On Saturday, a day before the
For nearly five days he kept the news to himself, telling only a few people close to him and not addressing the subject with his team, while preparing for the Orioles.
"It's been somewhat difficult. One of the reasons I didn't say anything, I knew talking about it would make it probably even harder," said Girardi, who addressed the situation at his news conference before Thursday's Game 4. "I was handling it pretty good until I got word that it came out today a little bit. So that's made it difficult."
The funeral for Jerry Girardi, who had suffered from
"I'll be able to do my job because I know that's what [my parents] would want me to do," said Girardi, whose mother died in 1984. "When I think about it, it's the first time in 28 years that my mom and dad have seen a game together again. So they'll be watching and they'll be mad if I'm not doing my job. I know that."
The health of Girardi's father actually played a part in shaping recent Orioles' history, as well. In 2007, after Girardi had been fired by the
But Girardi turned it down, saying that he wanted to spend time that summer with his father, who had just been diagnosed with the final stages of Alzheimer's. Girardi took the Yankees' job prior to the 2008 season. And MacPhail hired Showalter in August 2010.
Rebounding from a loss
Prior to Thursday's game, one of the themes of the day was whether the Orioles could bounce back from their dramatic, 3-2 loss in Game 4, when
"That was a tough one, no doubt about it," said Orioles left fielder
McLouth was asked whether he watched replays of Ibanez's homers once he got back to the hotel, and he delivered the best deadpan line of the day.
"Well, my wife is on this trip, so I can promise you we're not watching many highlights after the game, unless they show them on the
Around the horn
Showalter said he had been pretty set that lefty
Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this article.