HOUSTON (AP) — With a mid-October birthday, Joe Girardi hopes to always be involved with baseball on that day.

Girardi marked his 53rd birthday Saturday managing the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series in Houston.

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“The most significance is we’re playing during my birthday, that I’m not home,” Girardi said before the game. “I’m happy we’re still playing, so that’s a good birthday present.”

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While he hadn’t gotten any actual presents yet, he figures his family will have something to make him dress nicer when he gets home after the series shifts back to New York for Game 3. He said they get tired of seeing him in jeans and tennis shoes.

That is also when he will get his cake — and eat it too. His only rule is that he gets the first and last pieces of the cake made out of egg whites and applesauce.

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