Clueless? No, Joe knows and it shows

Fitted for dunce cap down the stretch, Girardi jumps to head of class with Game 1 win

Updated: October 7, 2010, 11:32 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Girardi was the easiest of September targets, with his strategy so timid and his body language so tense. He practically wore a "kick me" sign on his back, right above his upgraded number, 28, which represents a title he appeared destined to lose.

By all accounts, the manager of the New York Yankees was a more relaxed and agreeable presence when he won the franchise's 27th championship. But after Girardi summoned his new jersey out of the bullpen, the drive to repeat ...

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