Loria loves Girardi's Yankee roots

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria got the exact man he wanted to run his team by hiring Joe Girardi.

Originally Published: October 19, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has a well-documented fascination with the New York Yankees. He grew up in Manhattan's Upper East Side listening to Yankees games on the radio, and attended his first Yankees game as a boy in the late 1940s. Two years ago, he reveled in his team clinching the World Series against the Yankees in the Bronx.

Now Loria has hired Joe Girardi, a former Yankees catcher and recent New York bench coach, to run his club. But there was more to this attraction than a mutual affinity for pinstripes.


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