The NY Yankees are known for winning World Series (the most in the league), but these days they’re vying for the best dads in baseball title.
And it’s all thanks to Manager Joe Girardi, a father of three himself.
Girardi has changed up rules regarding players’ kids in the clubhouse to increase the amount of time his players spend with their children.
In a regular season, they play one hundred sixty-two games. And considering the NY Yankees have made forty-seven postseason appearances since 1913, it’s a wonder they ever get to see their kids. It’s easy to think about baseball players having it easy because they make a lot more money than the average joe – but that doesn’t mean it’s easier on their kids. Being separated from dad that often is hard on kids no matter how nice their house or how many toys they have at home.
So Girardi is now allowing players to bring their sons into the clubhouse before and after every game. Daughters are allowed in several times a month, times scheduled in advance so he can ensure the little girls don’t have to stand in a room with a bunch of naked men.
The rules under Girardi’s predecessor, Joe Torre, were extremely limited: no girls . . . ever, and boys ONLY after a game which the team had won. Torre’s rules were relatively common in the male-dominated sport.
But Girardi, who happens to have two daughters, told the Daily News girls shouldn’t be penalized simply because they’re girls. Girardi also said he thinks it’s important for kids to see what their parents do on a daily basis . . . and not to be punished simply because the team lost.
If you’re thinking that seeing their kids could actually be BETTER after a loss – because it puts them back in better spirits – or that it would be good to have the kids around right before a game to push the players to win one for the kiddo . . . you’re not alone. The Daily News also talked to Yankee slugger Mark Teixeira, dad to Jack and Addison Leigh.
Says Teixeira: “The fact that he cares so much about me as a man, a father and a husband, that means a lot to me.”
I know it won’t sway any of you Red Sox fans out there, but this Yankees fan just felt her heart go pitter pat.
Are you surprised more baseball teams don’t play happy families in the clubhouse?