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Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, currently on the disabled list recovering from a fractured finger, and his Grand Kids Foundation will hold the inaugural Grand Kids All-Star Awards Luncheon presented by New Balance at 12 Noon Monday at STK Midtown in Manhattan.
The Awards Luncheon will honor brands and individuals for their ongoing support of the Grand Kids Foundation’s 2013 community endeavors, including the Back to School Program, Hurricane Sandy School Recovery initiative, Jackie Robinson Day Tribute, University of Illinois at Chicago community development project (Curtis Granderson Stadium) and summer/fall rollout of the Grand Kids Fitness Challenge.
Honorary guests include Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who will make the keynote speaker and the following award winners:
Sports Innovation Award: New Balance – Robert DeMartini, president and chief executive officer; Mark Cavanaugh, global general manager, sports marketing.
Inspiration Award: Legendary Entertainment – Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO, producer of the Jackie Robinson movie, 42; Jackie Robinson Foundation – Della Britton Baeza, CEO.
Corporate Citizenship Award: PwC – Brendan Dougher, managing partner (NY Metro).
Community Service Award: University of Illinois at Chicago – Paula Allen Mears, chancellor.
Pioneer Award: YMCA of Greater New York – Lori Benson, vice president of Healthy Lifestyles.
Guest Speaker: The White House, Let’s Move – Sam Kass, executive director and senior policy advisor on nutrition.
“All-Star Week is a special time of year in which we celebrate the accomplishment of baseball’s greatest performers,” Granderson said. “My season thus far has proven to have a far different impact than expected but an important one nevertheless. The [Grand Kids] awards luncheon will allow me the opportunity to honor our Grand Kids All-Star team personally for their unwavering support of our philanthropic efforts this year.”
The luncheon is supported by New Balance, PwC, The Yankees, Legendary Entertainment, Uber, STK Midtown, Michael C. Fina, Louisville Slugger and FOX Sports.
CC Sabathia, who started Sunday’s game for the Yankees, was busy after Saturday’s game as well. The lefthander appeared with his wife Amber; children Carsten, Jaden, Cyia and Carter and mother Margie Sabathia-Lanier to sign a baseball and place it on the #CC200 mural developed by Brand Jordan/Nike.
The mural is up at Yankee Stadium in tribute to Sabathia’s milestone of 200 career victories. All pinstripes on the mural are hand-written words about CC and his quotes over the years. Youngsters from programs such as the Boys and Girls Club that is supported by Sabathia and his PitCCh In Foundation have hand-written CC’s victory total, the date and signed their baseball before adding it to the mural.
Sabathia and his family with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in attendance placed the last baseballs into the mural during a ceremony after Saturday’s game in the Great Hall near Gate 4 at the Stadium.
PitCCh In Foundation was co-founded by Amber and CC with a mission to enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising self-esteem through education and athletic activities.
On the final day of HOPE Week 2013 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) Friday, the Yankees celebrated “Stand for the Silent” and its anti-bullying initiative in the Great Hall at Yankee Stadium.
Kirk Smalley delivered a moving presentation that has given to almost 700,000 children and adults around the world. Joining him on stage were Yankees general partner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal; general manager Brian Cashman; pitching coach Larry Rothschild; pitchers Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan; catcher Austin Romine; designated hitter Travis Hafner and first baseman Lyle Overbay, with WWE wrestler The Big Show.
Approximately 500 students, parents and teachers from local schools and community groups were in the audience to hear Smalley’s message.
Ty Smalley was raised in the town of Perkins, 15 minutes from the campus of Oklahoma State University, in the heart of Payne County. For Ty, who was small and looked much younger than his 11 years, school was a waking nightmare.
By sixth grade, he had already been the subject of unmerciful bullying for a number of years. Kids tossed food at him. He was regularly jammed into lockers and garbage cans. Deflecting insults, coping with intimidation and suffering violence from classmates were part of the daily curriculum administered. Most administrators looked the other way or brushed off the incidents as “boys being boys.”
Throughout it all, Ty maintained his good nature and ever-present smile. Unfortunately, his outward demeanor masked a great deal of hurt. No one saw coming what seems inevitable now. On May 13, 2010, Ty was provoked into a fight at school and was suspended. Home early from school and left alone because his parents had to work, he took his own life.
That summer, Ty’s story was taken up by local high school students participating in Oklahoma State University’s Upward Bound program. Together, they set a goal to end bullying in their respective high schools and began an initiative called “Stand for the Silent.”
Word of the movement spread quickly and just over three months later, a silent vigil was held on the lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Related ceremonies took place simultaneously in 20 other states and six other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Spain, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Needing an outlet for their grief, Ty’s parents, Kirk and Laura, threw themselves into the movement. When summer ended, they assumed leadership of the program and took Ty’s story on the road to any school, community group or religious gathering that wanted to hear it.
“Bullying is the same in the city as it is in country towns, and it’s the same among the big kids as it is with the little kids,” Kirk said. “The message resonates no matter where I go.”
His typical audience ranges from fourth-graders to high schoolers, though he has spoken to pre-kindergarten children, prison populations and senior citizens.
At the start of his presentation, five life-size photos of children are placed on easels behind five empty chairs. Each photo is of a child who has taken his or her life as a result of being bullied. Student volunteers read aloud the stories of these children as written by their parents. The children then introduce Kirk, who tells how bullying has impacted his family’s life.
“Kids have a built-in b.s. detector,” Kirk said. “I’m no public speaker. I’m a construction worker. But they realize that I’m someone who cares. I can’t let this happen to another family.”
Kirk also urges children to cultivate a culture of kindness toward each other based on recognizing and celebrating the worth of every individual. He asks everyone in attendance to take a pledge entitled “I Am Somebody.”
Together they recite:
“From this day forward, I promise to respect those around me as well as respect myself. I am somebody, and I can make a difference. I can make another feel loved. I can be the helping hand that leads another back to a path of hope and aspiration. I will not stand silent as others try to spread hatred through my community. Instead, I pledge to lift up these victims and show them that their life matters. I will be the change because I am somebody.”
“No one is born to hate,” Kirk said. “It’s something that’s learned and something that can change. “To the bullies who gain an understanding of what they’ve done, I say ‘We love you. But now you have to apologize and change your behavior.’ ”
The Smalleys have sacrificed almost everything to spread the Stand for the Silent message. Prior to Ty’s suicide, Kirk was a foreman for a union sheet-metal company; however, after a year of mourning and dedicating himself to speaking to children, his job had to let him go.
“It’s very hard on us, but it’s what I do now,” Kirk said. “Laura and I prayed over it, and we decided that Stand for the Silent was our mission, and we would let God take care of the rest.”
Stand for the Silent receives speaking requests daily, and Kirk is booked solid into the summer of 2014. Booking Kirk’s travel, handling the organization’s finances and managing the e-mails that flood in from around the world is Laura’s full-time job. She was previously employed as a member of the kitchen staff at Ty’s school, but never went back. Their daughter, Jerri Dawn, coordinates the scheduling.
Kirk and Laura ask schools and organizations to cover his cost of travel and lodging. If that’s not possible, Kirk will visit anyway, out of pocket. He and Laura never turn down a request. As a result, they have burned through their savings and are now using their retirement money to fund their work.
“Knowing that we are saving lives is gratifying,” Kirk said. “We get messages by the thousands from children and young adults who want to get involved and from kids who hear us and realize that taking their own life isn’t the answer.”
Jerri Dawn arranges her father’s schedule to enable him to speak three or four times in a day, often at various locations in the same city. Then, he will drive or fly to the next city and do it again. Typically, he’s on the road five or six days a week, recounting and reliving any parent’s worst nightmare solely for the benefit of others. At this point, the pain is permanently watermarked in his voice.
“The most important thing parents can do is to be completely aware of what’s going on in their child’s life,” Kirk said. “Don’t take ‘OK’ for an answer. You have to ask your child hard questions and be prepared to fight with his or her school in making sure that their safety is looked after. Kids need to know not to internalize any mistreatment they receive. If they’re upset, they can talk it out. They don’t have to act it out. My boy didn’t know that, and it’s too late for him. But it’s not too late for others.”
Derek Jeter officially became a part of the Yankees’ 2013 season Thursday. And following in the gingerly footsteps of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis, Jeter took a big step back after making a step forward off the disabled list.
The Captain hasn’t been put back on the DL yet. The Yankees have decided to wait out the All-Star break to see if the Grade 1 strain of Jeter’s left quadriceps improves with rest. The goal now is to have DJ back in harness by July 19 when the Yanks start the post-break schedule against the first-place Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jeter will sit out this weekend’s three-game series against the Twins after which he will have four more days during the All-Star break to allow his condition to heal. General manager Brian Cashman said before Friday night’s game that the DL remains an option that the Yankees hope they will not have to use as they were forced to with the re-injuries of Granderson, Teixeira and Youkilis. In addition, catcher Francisco Cervelli had a setback during his rehabilitation from a fractured right hand.
Jeter missed 91 games while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured left ankle and a broken bone in another part of the same ankle. He was activated Thursday and went 1-for-4 in the 8-4 victory over the Royals at Yankee Stadium but had to come out of the game because of the quad injury sustained as he tried to beat out an infield single.
There is no idle gear in Jeter’s game, so such an injury is not all that surprising for a player who just turned 39 and has not played a game of nine innings in 10 months. Before wondering if the Yankees made a mistake in bringing Jeter up too early, be mindful that the injury could just as well have occurred if he had played that day at Triple A Scranton. Again, Jeter knows no other way to play but full throttle. Now he is forced to back off once more.
“It’s frustrating,” Jeter said. “I don’t know what else you want me to say. I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”
I saw something Thursday that I never saw before nor ever expected to see – Derek Jeter not running hard to first base. Jeter is on my list of players I have covered over the years who always – always – gave it their all running down the line, right up there with Pete Rose, Dave Winfield and Mookie Wilson.
So when I saw Jeet jogging the final third of the way to first base in the sixth inning I figured something was up. When Yankees manager Joe Girardi sent Brett Gardner up as a pinch hitter for Jeter in the eighth, my suspicions were confirmed. After the game, Suzyn Waldman of WCBS Radio and Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network were informed that Jeter would be unavailable for an on-field, postgame interview.
The warm and fuzzy feeling brought on by Jeter’s return to the Bronx Thursday turned gloomy when it was learned that in his first game back with the Yankees in 2013 Jeter felt tightness in his right quadriceps. Actually, the muscle tightened up slightly in his previous at-bat when he also tried to beat out a ground ball.
The Captain did that all game. He was not at shortstop but as the designated hitter as Girardi decided to ease Jeter back into the mix. DJ beat out an infield single in his first at-bat to the absolute delight of the Yankee Stadium crowd of 40,381 and grounded out his other three times up. On the last one, the quad wouldn’t allow him to go full throttle, which is as rare a sight as there can be in the major leagues.
Of course, Jeter considered the situation minor and fully expects to be back in the lineup Friday night against the Twins.
“It’s not frustrating yet,” he said. “We’ll see what the tests say. I hope it’s not a big deal.”
We have been down the road with Jeter before on these matters. He played much of the 2012 postseason on a weak left ankle that eventually gave way and shattered to knock him out of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers. While on the rehabilitation trail, the ankle broke in another spot pushing his recovery back toward the All-Star break, which is next week.
Jeter is back in pinstripes earlier than planned although later than he wanted. He could have done without the at-bats in the minors but acknowledged, “I understand you have to play games, but I felt that I was ready.”
The original plan was for Jeter to come back to the Yankees and play Friday night after another game as a DH for Triple A Scranton. Jeter was surprised when he returned a call from general manager Brian Cashman telling him to come to New York for Thursday’s game.
Leg injuries to Gardner and Travis Hafner Wednesday night had left the Yankees short. Jeter reached his Manhattan apartment at around 2:30 a.m., got to sleep at around 4, woke up at 6:30 and could not get back to sleep so he decided to get up and go to the Stadium early.
“No disrespect to rehab assignments, but this is Yankee Stadium,” Jeter said. “There’s a huge difference. For me, it was almost like Opening Day. The fans gave me a nice ovation.”
No one in the Stadium could hear the tape of the late Bob Sheppard announcing Jeter as he strode to the plate in the first inning because of the crowd’s reaction. The plate appearance allowed Jeter to tie teammate Mariano Rivera for the most seasons played (19) with the Yankees.
“I thought about that first at-bat ever since I got hurt,” Jeter said, “and I knew I was going to swing at the first pitch.”
Which he did; he hit a topper down the third base line and beat it out for his first hit of the year. He showed no leg problems running to third on a single by Robinson Cano and had a nice trot to the plate on Vernon Wells’ scoring fly ball. On that other trot in the sixth, Jeet was credited with a run batted in as Luis Cruz scored from third base. It was a nice beginning for Jeter, who got his first hit, first run and first RBI out of the way all in the same game.
Perhaps it was just an illusion, but all the Yankees seemed to have more spring in their step with the Captain back. They overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to take an 8-4 decision and earn a split of the four-game set with the Royals, which is meaningful after having lost the first two games. Three straight two-out singles by Lyle Overbay, Zoilo Almonte and Eduardo Nunez produced four runs in the fifth as the Yankees took control of the game.
The winning decision went to Andy Petttitte (6-5), who passed Bob Gibson on the all-time list of pitching victories with 252. It was not vintage Pettitte, who made an error on a bunt play and had his outfielders working overtime running down long drives. The way the offense has struggled so much of the season, three-run deficits can seem enormous to the Yankees, but Pettitte and the bullpen held KC scoreless after the second inning and waited for the hitters to take their cue from Jeter.
Now it is a matter of waiting for the test results to determine the severity of Jeter’s condition. At 39, the healing process can have more delays, which Jeter understands if reluctantly.
“Age doesn’t creep into my mind when I’m playing,” he said. “Maybe in the morning. . .”
So we wait for Friday morning and hope Thursday wasn’t too good to be true.
It didn’t take Derek Jeter very long to get into the swing of things. It never does for the Captain. Jeter was reinstated from the disabled list Thursday and inserted into the lineup batting second as the designated hitter.
The Yankee Stadium day-game crowd that was filled with Little Leaguers and other youth groups reacted jubilantly when Jeter came out of the Yankees’ dugout and did some sprints in right field before the game.
The cheers grew much louder as Jeter came to the plate in the first inning for his first major-league at-bat of the season and was accorded a standing ovation. Wasting no time, Jeet swung at the first pitch from Royals righthander Ervin Santana and hit a slow roller down the third base line. Kansas City third baseman Miguel Tejada tried to make a bare-handed play but could not control the ball. Jeter running hard all the way as usual had an infield hit.
The Royals took a 3-0 lead off Andy Pettitte in the top of the first. DJ helped get at least one run back. He advanced to third on a single by Robinson Cano and scored on a sacrifice fly by Vernon Wells.
The sluggishness of the Yankees’ offense of late may have played a part in Jeter’s reinstatement from the DL, plus the fact that Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner are down with bruises sustained Wednesday night.
“It was an obvious situation where, ‘Hey, he could DH today in Scranton or he could DH today in New York,’” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We might as well bring him in and DH him in New York.”
Cashman had spoken Wednesday night with longtime consultant Gene Michael, one of the great superscouts who reported favorably on Jeter’s mobility. Cash then made a call to the Cap.
“All I had to hear from him was, ‘Hey, I’m ready,’” Cashman said. “He said that, and I said, ‘All right, well, head on back.’ He’s not an excitable guy. Everyone knows this is where he needs to be.”
The memory was too recent for CC Sabathia to dismiss it. The lefthander was angry with himself last Friday night when he coughed up a 3-0 Yankees lead in the sixth inning and eventually lost to the Orioles, 4-3. Sabathia was so upset that he said afterward that he felt like he was wasting his starts the way hitters get on themselves for giving up at-bats.
Sabathia had to wait a while before he got a lead to work with Wednesday night, but considering the opponent was Minnesota it was only a matter of time. For the third straight night, the Twins lost the lead to the Yankees. Sabathia knew the feeling, and it was not going to happen to him if he could help it.
The 3-2 lead the Yankees grabbed in the sixth inning was safe in Sabathia’s left hand this time out. He pitched shutout ball in the sixth and seventh and was in position for his 200th career victory, which was preserved by David Robertson with a 1-2-3 eighth and Mariano Rivera, who gave up one hit in the ninth but won a duel with Joe Mauer for the final out and notched his 28th save.
After lashing out 24 hits over the previous two games at Target Field, the Yankees found hits tough to come by against Twins righthander P.J. Walters, who entered the sixth working on a one-hit shutout. Go ahead, guess who got the hit? Robinson Cano, of course, and he would come back to haunt Walters in the sixth.
The third time through the order proved difficult for Walters, who ended up sustaining his fifth straight loss. Brett Gardner began the inning with a leadoff walk. Ichiro Suzuki came inches from a home run on a drive off the right field fence and had to settle for a double. Moments later, Cano tied the score with a double to right. Hot? You could light a cigar off Cano the way he has hit on this trip – 14-for-24 (.583) with six straight multi-hit games, nine runs, two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI.
Cano had to stop at third base on a hard single to left by Travis Hafner, but Lyle Overbay got the job done and unlocked the score with a sacrifice fly to center field off reliever Caleb Thielbar. The rally followed a pattern of this series for the Yankees, who came back from deficits of 3-1 Monday night and 1-0 Tuesday night to win both games.
Sabathia (9-6) was reached for single runs in the third on an RBI double by Mauer and in the fifth on a solo homer by Trevor Plouffe. CC gave up seven hits in all and walked three batters, but he had nine strikeouts and held the Twins hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. Keeping the Twins from tacking on runs allowed Sabathia’s teammates room to take charge at some point, which they finally did in the sixth.
The Yankees certainly made the most of their hits. They had only four in the game – three of them in the sixth – and were 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Newly-arrived infielder Luis Cruz made his Yankees debut at shortstop, the 42nd player used this season, and was 0-for-3 with an error.
Down in Charleston, S.C., Alex Rodriguez on the comeback trail from off-season left hip surgery had another 0-for-2 showing in a three-inning stint in a Class A game. He will go back to Tampa to play for the Class A team there starting Thursday.
General manager Brian Cashman could happily celebrate his 46th birthday as the Yankees moved back into third place in the American League East.
The worst case scenario that had been feared back in the spring when Mark Teixeira sustained a torn tendon sheath of his right wrist while preparing for the World Baseball Classic came to pass Wednesday with the news that the Yankees first baseman will require surgery and be sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 season.
After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Teixeira’s right wrist, Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and two other New York-based hand specialists (Dr. Michelle Carlson from the Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Keith Raskin from New York University), confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed and recommended surgery to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist.
“It’s very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me,” Teixeira said. “We’ve had some really, really good teams the last few years, and this year, we have a great team, and I would love to be a part of this team. I really would’ve loved to be part of hopefully what’s a playoff run, but when you realize that it’s not going to happen, it’s really difficult.”
Teixeira said he was told what he has is not a degenerative condition. After the surgery, which he said he would have sometime next week, Teixeira will require four to five months of rest and rehabilitation and “I should be 100 percent in six months,” he added.
The news is just the latest blow in an injury-plagued season in which the Yankees have had 13 players do 16 stints on the disabled list, many of them regulars, including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis, Eduardo Nunez and Francisco Cervelli. Teixeira was able to play in only 15 games this season and batted .151 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 53 at-bats. He aggravated his condition on the West Coast trip but he could not pinpoint when. One week after receiving a cortisone injection, Teixeira reported no progress.
“I have had about a dozen cortisone shots in my career and always responded well,” he said. “Hindsight is 20/20, obviously, but we had a great plan. We had a plan that the team suggested that we rehab it. I agreed, I wanted to rehab it, didn’t want to have the surgery. My first week back with the team was far better than I ever expected, three home runs and driving the ball, but at some point on the West Coast, I re-injured it. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I have no regrets because up until the point when I re-injured it everything was going pretty well.”
Lyle Overbay, who has done a good job at first base in Teixeira’s absence, will continue in the position. General manager Brian Cashman said he was satisfied with Overbay’s performance but would continue to seek ways to make up for the loss of Teixeira.
“My job has always been to find ways to improve the team, regardless of position,” Cashman said.
If there is any consolation for Teixeira, it is the knowledge that Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista had the same injury in 2012 and came back this year to hit 16 home runs and drive in 43 runs in 271 at-bats.
“I have been very blessed my entire career to be relatively healthy,” Teixeira said. “I averaged 150 games the first 10 years of my career and I’ll play 15 this year, so that’s completely out of the norm for me and it’s very tough. I’ve worked so hard my entire career to try not to be injured and to be healthy, and up until this year I’ve had a lot of success. But this is one of those years. You learn from it. Hopefully, the surgery is a complete success and 2014 is going to be a great year.”
What was considered good news about Mark Teixeira wasn’t entirely good. The first baseman does not have a tear in the sheath of his right wrist, just inflammation. That is why everybody thought that was good news. But after getting a cortisone injection, Teixeira had to go back on the 15-day disabled list, which is not good news.
“We knew that we would be without Tex for at least a week,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We did not want to be short-handed for that long. I am confident that Tex will be able to come back full strength when the 15 days are up.”
The news on Kevin Youkilis was not good at all. He remained in southern California at the end of the Yankees’ West Coast swing and was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, the noted back specialist in Marina del Ray. Youkilis has a herniated disk that will require surgery. Dr. Watkins will perform the procedure Thursday. The recovery period will be 10 to 12 weeks.
So the player who was supposed to keep third base warm until Alex Rodriguez was able to return from hip surgery will now be lost for up to three months. Youkilis, who was batting .219 with two home runs and eight RBI in 105 at-bats, has been troubled by back issues in recent years. He had a strong spring training for the Yankees and got off to a hot start, but a lumbar sprain forced him onto the DL in late April for an entire month.
“We are going with what we have,” general manager Brian Cashman said about what the Yanks would do at third base with Youkilis out. Tuesday night’s lineup before the rainout had David Adams at the position. The Yankees will also use Jayson Nix, who has also been used quite a bit at shortstop because of the injuries to Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez.
To replace Youkilis on the 25-man roster, the Yankees called up outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple A Scranton. The switch hitter played all three outfield positions for Scranton where he hit .297 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI in 68 games and 259 at-bats. The Yankees also recalled pitcher Adam Warren from Scranton and designated pitcher Chris Bootcheck for assignment.