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Joe Girardi in stadium for Notre Dame-Army

11/20/2010

NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi was back at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night for the Notre Dame-Army game, which marked a rare occasion when Girardi could watch a game at the stadium without being worried about the outcome.

During an interview with the Notre Dame pregame show on the field, Girardi said that he had a chance to check out the food served in the Legends suites on Saturday, and he joked that he may retreat to those suites instead of the clubhouse the next time he gets tossed from a game.

A jovial Girardi seemed at ease Saturday night, which is a stark contrast from the tightly-wound persona he exhibited during much of the baseball season.

"When I'm here, I'm usually under the gun," the Yankees manager said.

Girardi also recalled his first day at the old Yankee Stadium as a Yankee, in 1996.

"I remember the first time I walked into Yankee Stadium, I couldn't believe that I was in the same locker room as guys like Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Whitey Ford," he said.

Girardi then implored the Notre Dame and Army players to soak in the atmosphere of the first college football game at the new Yankee Stadium.

"Just close your eyes and just soak in the moment and understand that you're a part of history," he said.