New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi won’t want to look at the Northwestern Wildcats’ record book anytime soon.
On Sunday, Wildcats OF/LHP Matt Hopfner jumped Girardi, who spent his college days in Evanston, Ill., for eighth place on the Northwestern career hits list. His single in the sixth inning against Maryland lifted his total to 228, one more than Girardi’s 227. Hopfner entered the game hitting .288 with 2 home runs and 23 RBI this season.
During his time at Northwestern, Girardi was named All-Big Ten catcher three times, twice to the first team. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and spent four seasons with the Cubs, but the Peoria, Ill., native eventually shifted to New York, starting for the Yankees’ 1996 World Series Championship squad. He would ultimately win three World Series as a player with the Yankees, then win another as the Pinstripers’ manager in 2009. He is in his 10th season managing the Yankees.
Matt Hopfner passes Joe Girardi on Northwestern hits list
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