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New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Visits The Dallas Cowboys at Training Camp, Gives Pep Talk

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Jul 30, 2013 01:23 PM EDT
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi
The future of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (R) is very much in doubt as the Yankees look to resign him before his contract expires Oct. 31 and the Cubs have shown interest. (Photo : Reuters)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited the Dallas Cowboys at training camp Monday and spoke to the team after they practiced.

The Cowboys are in need of a turnaround after finishing in third place in the NFC East last season with an 8-8 record, and Girardi gave them a pep talk before they enter the 2013-14 season seeking a better result.

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"Just be the best you can every day," Girardi told the team, according to ESPN. "That's what you prepare for. We obviously all strive to win championships, but to me, it's a day-to-day thing that you have to go through."

The Cowboys haven't appeared in the playoffs since 2009 when they lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional round. The team is hoping that advice from Girardi, a three-time World Series Champion as a player and one-time winner as a manager, will spark them.

Girardi, a Chicago Bears fan, won the World Series with the Yankees three times as a player in 1996, 1998 and1999 before coaching the team to a World Series in 2009.

Girardi's message sank in with at least one of the players as wide receiver Miles Austin was taken by what the manager had to say.

"That was a great deal, man," Austin, a New Jersey native, told ESPN of Girardi's visit. "I was just glad to meet him. He said some great things to us. I've been a Yankee fan since he was there [as a player] and since I was born."

Girardi was a life-time .267 hitter with 36 career homers and 422 RBIs. Before he came to the diamond, Girardi played on the gridiron at quarterback in high school in Illinois, but he decided to give it up and play baseball instead. After totaling four World Series victories, the catcher has no regrets about switching sports.

 

 

 

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