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Girardi was back in uniform at Wrigley Field for the first time since April 26, 2006, when he managed the Florida Marlins to a 7-5 victory in the finale of a three-game series. He went on to win NL Manager of the Year, but was fired anyway after his only season in Miami.

He sure seemed to be enjoying this trip as he sat in the cramped visitor’s dugout while fans found their seats at the ballpark of his childhood.

“There’s something about Wrigley Field,” he said. “It’s just special.”


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