Just a reminder (courtesy of our own YanksJenn). The game is on free on MLB.TV today if you don’t get YES.
Meanwhile, check out this e-mail I just received from Rick, a blog reader:
As someone who lives in Roanoke and has many lifelong ties to Virginia Tech, I want to thank you for the coverage leading up to todayâ€™s exhibition game between Virginia Tech and the Yankees. Iâ€™ve been a Yankee fan over fifty years now, since I was a six-year old boy in 1956, and Iâ€™ve never been prouder of the organization in my life. For those who live elsewhere, I can honestly say that this game truly has had and is having a positive and healing effect on our community.
The horrible events of last April can never be erased from our collective consciousness, but out of this tragedy so many acts of courage and kindness have sprung that one cannot help but be moved by such a widespread show of support. George Steinbrenner has frustrated and angered me on more than one occasion through the years, but the immediate and heartfelt response of him, his sons, and the Yankee organization truly touched me.
One of my buddies, a Tech grad and diehard Red Sox fan (and diehard is too weak a description), is the person who called me with the news last year that the Yanks were coming and that George had donated a million dollars to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. His voice was choked with emotion, and he was crying. â€œI take back everything Iâ€™ve ever said about George Steinbrennerâ€ he said, â€œand I will never say a hateful thing about him or the Yankees again. But Iâ€™m still calling you when the Sox beat them, OK?â€
So far heâ€™s kept his word.
How great is that? You get the feeling that today will be a day a lot of people won’t forget in that corner of Virginia. Hopefully it means something to the players, too.