I never would have known this if I didn't see Chad Jennings' post on it earlier this morning, but when the Yankees take the field against the Rays tonight it will mark Joe Girardi's 1,000th game as manager. Well, his 1,000th regular season game. He's got a few postseason games on his ledger as well.
The first 999 games have gone pretty well for Joe. He owns a 579-420 record and that .580 winning percentage ranks him 5th in team history among managers who managed more than 1,000 behind Huggins, Torre, Stengel, and McCarthy. Not a bad group to be lumped into at all. He's also got 4 postseason appearances, 3 division titles, 1 AL pennant, and 1 World Series ring in his 6+ seasons at the helm.
Congrats on reaching 1,000, Joe. Here's hoping the next 1,000 are just as fruitful, if not more so, than the first were. Oh, and thanks for the fun memories: