Girardi facing biggest test of season

The Yankees' manager will lean on the advice of his many mentors the next few weeks

Updated: July 20, 2010, 2:35 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi grew up with a Little League coach who wouldn't let his players sleep with air conditioning the night before games. From the start, as a 9-year-old playing on an All-Star team for 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds in East Peoria, Ill., Girardi believed in outworking everyone, injuries or no injuries. Before each practice or game, his coach, Dave Rodgers, made his players run what they called the "sea merchant mile."

It didn't matter if it were 70 degrees ...

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