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Girardi unveils Canyon of Heroes marker

Girardi unveils Canyon of Heroes marker

NEW YORK -- When Joe Girardi was hired as manager of the Yankees in 2008, the three-time World Series champion -- as a player for the Yankees -- embraced the great history of the franchise as well as the lofty expectations and immense pressure that surrounds the winningest team in baseball's history.

He chose No. 27 as his jersey number, representing his quest to bring the 27th World Series title to the Bronx, and just two years later, he had to change it to No. 28.

On Tuesday, Girardi joined the Alliance for Downtown New York in unveiling a granite sidewalk marker in the Canyon of Heroes commemorating the ticker-tape parade held in November after the team's 27th championship.

"There are almost no words to describe the energy and excitement that was in the air on that special day we all shared last November up the Canyon of Heroes," Girardi said in a release. "We are so grateful that each and every member of our team was able to share that feeling with our fans and the great people of the City of New York."

Girardi joined Elizabeth H. Berger, president of the alliance, and members of the Downtown Little League Yankees at the ceremony to add the latest ticker-tape strip on Broadway.

The Downtown Alliance started its series of black granite strips in 2003 to commemorate parades for all ticker-tape honorees, not just sports championships. Soldiers, heads of state, politicians, journalists and athletes alike are all honored on one of New York's most famous streets.

"The iconic corridor of lower Broadway has provided a dramatic setting for 204 parades, and we're thrilled to count the 2009 world champion Yankees among the heroes who have been showered with ticker tape and confetti," Berger said. "This marker will remind New Yorkers for generations to come of the Yankees' magical run in 2009 -- their first world championship in the new Yankee Stadium."

The commemorative strips are part of the Downtown Alliance's Streetscape Program, which aims to give the streets a more modern look and feel.

Kyle Maistri is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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