The baseball world remembered Tom Seaver on Wednesday night.
His family announced that the Hall of Fame pitcher died from complications of dementia and COVID-19.
Joe Girardi learned of Seaver’s passing shortly after the Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Washington Nationals.
“So sad,” the Phillies manager said. “He was a bulldog when he took the mound. You don’t get the nickname Tom Terrific for nothing.”
Seaver won 311 games, 25 of them coming in 1969 for the World Series champion Miracle Mets.
Seaver, who was 75, was and always will be a sporting icon in New York.
Girardi spent 15 years in New York as a player, coach and manager with the Yankees. He knew what Seaver meant to the city and its baseball community.
“It’s really sad when people go before we think they should,” he said. “He meant so much to the game. He meant so much to New York City. He established a level there of what a pitcher is supposed to do.
“So it’s a sad day for baseball. My prayers are with his family because I know how difficult it is to lose loved ones. I had a chance to meet him a number of times and he was just a wonderful man. And he was in the game for so long. He was a great broadcaster, as well. I used to love listening to him broadcast games because he was so insightful.”
Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, a former Met, pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings to lead the Phils on Wednesday night. On Tuesday night, Aaron Nola pitched eight shutout innings in a win.
Two terrific starting pitching performances.
“I think (Seaver) would have been proud of Zack tonight,” Girardi said. “I think he would be proud of Nola, too.
“God bless him.”