The New York Yankees are in Chicago this weekend to play the Cubs, which gave Northwestern alum Joe Girardi a chance to say hello to his college team.
As part of his trip to Evanston, the Yankees manager stopped by Rocky Miller Park on Thursday to speak to the Wildcats baseball team.
“When I think about my days at Northwestern, they were a blast. We had a lot of fun,” Girardi said. “I know school is tough and school is important, but we laughed all the time. And when I went through some of the difficult times in my life, the people that were there were the kids who were in this room many years ago.
“So I tell you, stay together, protect each other, love each other, give each other hope every day.”
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Girardi attended Northwestern from 1983-86, starring for the baseball team. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1986 MLB draft and went on to play 15 years in the majors for five teams, including the Cubs and Yankees. He has been the Yankees manager since 2008.
Northwestern coach Spencer Allen was thrilled to have Girardi on campus, saying, “We’ve heard so many stories about him, and it’s just great to have one of the all-time greats back here in Chicago.”