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Joe Girardi on his dad, who has Alzheimer's, and a special Father's Day road trip

Updated: June 19, 2011, 11:07 PM ET
By Joe Girardi, as told to Andrew Marchand | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

On Father's Day, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will wake up early to make the 2½-hour drive from Chicago to just outside his hometown of Peoria, Ill. There, he will visit with his father.

Jerry, 80, has been everything a son could want. Even as he provided for his family by working three jobs, he always found time for each of his five children. Joe's work ethic and commitment to his family emanated from the bond he developed from his strong, devoted parents.

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