Joe Girardi had just put the finishing touches on arguably the greatest feat of his professional career. But that didn't make the Yankees' manager too important to help a stranger in need.
On his way home from winning the World Series with a 7-3 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night, Girardi stopped to help a woman who had lost control of her car on the Cross County Parkway in Eastchester, N.Y., and crashed into a wall, The Journal News (Westchester County, N.Y.) first reported.
The driver was stunned by the accident, but was otherwise uninjured. Still, Girardi made sure.
"We were driving home, and fortunately I was in the right lane, and in the left lane that was coming around the bend, a lady had run into, like, a concrete barrier, and her SUV looked horrible," Girardi recalled on WFAN in New York on Thursday afternoon. "So we pulled off to the right, I had my wife call the police, I ran across the street because, as bad as the car looked, I was really concerned. And when I got there, she was on the phone talking to police, and she only had a little cut."
And she had no clue that the concerned gentleman in a casual T-shirt and jeans had just reached the pinnacle of Major League Baseball.
"She had no idea who I was," Girardi added.
"Once the police got there, I ran across the street, got back in my car and took my family home. She probably found out about it on the news [on Thursday]."
The crash happened at 2:25 a.m. ET Thursday on the eastbound lanes along a blind curve where the Cross County meets the Hutchinson River Parkway prior to the New Rochelle Road exit, The Journal News wrote.
"The guy wins the World Series, what does he do? He stops to help," Westchester County police officer Kathleen Cristiano, who was among the first to arrive at the accident scene, told The Journal News. "It was totally surreal."
Police were in the area conducting a driving-while-intoxicated checkpoint -- the same one Girardi and winning pitcher Andy Pettite passed through about 15 minutes earlier.
Shortly thereafter, a 911 call came about a car accident a short distance away in an area known for blind spots, and that's where Cristiano spotted Girardi helping out. By the time she had arrived, the driver, 27-year-old Marie Henry of Stratford, Conn., was able to get out of the crashed vehicle and declined to be taken to the hospital.
"He was jumping up and down, trying to flag me down," Cristiano, a self-described huge Yankees fan, told The Journal News. "You don't expect him standing by a car accident trying to help."
Police say the newly crowned World Series-champion skipper put his life at risk to run across a street where traffic comes at about 80 mph to check on the distressed woman.
But Girardi doesn't see it that way.
"Obviously, there's a lot of joy in what we do, but we can't forget to be human beings where we help others out," he said. "I think that's the most important thing we can do in life."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.