|2019 Chachi #69|
|1991 Topps Archives 1953 #307|
During his half-hour press conference, Girardi name dropped Larry Bowa, Gary Matthews, John Vukovich, Charlie Manuel, John Kruk and The Phillies Room favorite Bob Dernier. Dernier was Girardi's first victim in the caught stealing department when the speedy outfielder tried to steal second in the 1989 season opener at Wrigley Field.
Looking at Girardi's baseball card history, his rookie cards can be found in the 1989 Donruss Rookies, Fleer, Score Rookie & Traded and Upper Deck sets. His first Topps card can be found in the 1990 set, and he'd go on to appear in most every Topps flagship set until 2003 with the Cubs, Rockies, Yankees, Cubs again and Cardinals. (He was omitted from the 1999 set.) He's appeared on manager cards in sets since 2008 with his most recent mainstream card found in the 2016 Topps Heritage set.
Personally, I'm a big fan of this hiring and I feel way more optimistic than I did following Kapler's hiring in November 2017. Girardi has a proven track record and he brings instant credibility to the job. Hopefully he'll also bring a few more World Series trophies along the way as well.
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