In the globe of experienced baseball, the name Girardi has pretty the track record. For a total of 30 seasons as a player, coach and later manager, Joe Girardi has a resume that involves becoming named Manager of the Year with the 2006 Florida Marlins and winning 4 Planet Series titles as a player and manager with the New York Yankees.
In the globe of college baseball, it is his son Dante who has begun to make a name for himself even though assisting to lead the FIU Panthers to a hot start off to the 2023 season.
Getting into Wednesday night’s crosstown battle with the Miami Hurricanes, FIU (11-six) has won eight straight games beneath very first year manager Wealthy Witten.
“We’ve had a handful of injuries right here and there with some significant pieces and I consider a handful of guys have stepped up significant and in significant strategies,” he stated in an interview with NBC six on Monday. “I consider we’re beginning to come along as a group genuine properly.”
The junior second baseman, who played his higher college baseball at Fort Lauderdale’s Calvary Christian prior to staying close to household for college, is at the moment fourth on the group with a .328 batting typical. He’s also a single of the handful of – and could just be the only – member of the group who can say his father is a Planet Series champion.
“Becoming who I am and playing my game is a single of the items he has taught me. I consider the most significant aspect of this is I do it since I enjoy it,” Dante stated. “He’s been there to support me every single step of the way in what ever way he can, but he normally produced it clear he wanted me to play all sports and never ever forced me to do something I did not want to do.”
Father has observed his son in individual for various FIU baseball games this season – substantially the exact same way son watched his father lead the Yankees to the franchise’s 27th Planet Series title in the 2009 season.
“As a complete, just expanding up in that atmosphere is extremely cool. There is items you go by means of as a family members behind closed doors that every person does not see, but the ’09 Planet Series was genuinely entertaining to see him succeed recognizing how challenging he operates.”
Dante became a single of these injuries to a significant piece final weekend when he injured his eye in Saturday’s win more than Marist, causing him to miss Sunday’s series finale. The group has nevertheless not stated it he will be in the lineup against the ‘Canes, but anytime that return is Dante believes it will be for a Panthers group prepared to compete now.
“I consider with the new employees and new life right here, I consider there is a lot we have to have to do to get superior and there is a lot of expanding we have to have to do,” he stated. “But, I consider more than the final 3 to 4 weeks we’ve shown we can play a very good game of baseball.”