The New York Yankees will hold a special ceremony to honor George M. Steinbrenner III, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., prior to the team’s spring training opener vs. the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, February 26.
The Yankees are asking all fans to arrive early and be in their seats by 12:40 p.m. with the ceremony scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m.
The George M. Steinbrenner High School marching band will begin the ceremony with a special performance followed by a video tribute in honor of the former Yankees owner who passed away last July.
The text on the plaque on the statue of Mr. Steinbrenner located in front of the stadium named in his honor will be recited. Then, prior to a moment of silence, the Steinbrenner family will lay a rose at home plate in honor of Mr. Steinbrenner.
Mr. Steinbrenner’s granddaughter Haley Swindal, will sing the national anthem, while service men and women from MacDill Air Force Base unfurl a giant American Flag in the outfield. The colors will be presented by the Joint Services Color Guard from MacDill Air Force Base. There will also be a fly over by two F18 Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.
* That’s an AP shot of the Steinbrenner statue that stands just outside the Yankees complex in Tampa.