Joe Girardi speaks to Crimson Tide


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke to Alabama's football team about topics he's quite familiar with -- handling expectations and success -- to return the favor after coach Nick Saban's spring training visit.

"They had a tough game in Chicago last night, didn't get in until 3 o'clock in the morning," Saban said after Thursday's practice. "He was over here at 10 (a.m.) to talk to the team with his son. I really appreciated him doing that. I think the players really appreciated it as well."

Saban said Girardi, whose team lost in 12 innings to the White Sox on Wednesday, brought his son Dante -- a football and baseball player -- along. Girardi spoke about three issues that can hurt a team with high expectations: complacency, selfishness and accountability.

The Yankees and two-time defending champion Tide annually face some of the highest expectations in their respective sports.

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