OAKLAND -- Like so many from and in the Chicago area, Yankees manager Joe Girardi holds Ron Santo in the highest regard. Santo, who passed away in 2010, will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony Sunday.
"As a kid, I idolized, went to the ballpark, ate Ron Santo pizza," Girardi said Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum. "Had a chance to really get to know [him] since I was a player and he was a broadcaster. We'd go out in the winter, him and his wife Vicky, go out for dinner. He would throw BP to me at Northwestern. Got in trouble one day for bringing his dog. ... I really miss him, but I'm happy for the family on this day."
Girardi, was born in Peoria, Ill., and played for the Cubs from 1989-92 and 2000-02.