Re-enacting a scene that’s occurred thousands of times before, a father approached Dale Earnhardt Jr. before Sunday’s Ford 400 and asked the driver to take a photo with his son.
Only this time, the proud dad was New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Earnhardt Jr. happily knelt next to Girardi’s son, Dante, a few minutes before the prerace drivers’ meeting.
Earnhardt Jr. and Girardi chatted a bit as well, as a stream of other celebrities – including former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis – entered the tent.
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“Congratulations about your job,” Earnhardt Jr. told Girardi, who was hired as the Yankees’ manager last month.
Girardi thanked him, telling Earnhardt Jr. he’s “very excited” to get started.
NASCAR isn’t a foreign concept to Girardi. When he managed the Florida Marlins in 2006, he kept a trophy on his desk from his winning a NASCAR fantasy league the previous year.