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One last road trip, and one special guest

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At last, the final Yankees road trip of the spring. Unfortunately, it’s a long one.

The Yankees clubhouse opens down in Ft. Myers in a couple of hours, so I’m making my way down with the usual carload of reporters (in this case Mark Feinsand, Marc Carig and Sweeny Murti). Unless the Yankees email a lineup, we won’t have one until we get down there. Until then, he’s a cool Associated Press story about Alex Rodriguez and a special guest for today’s game.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez connected, even before he stepped on the field.

On behalf of the New York Yankees, the star slugger called a 12-year-old girl Saturday and invited the young hero and her family to a game this weekend. Less than an hour later, Rodriguez homered as the Yankees beat Pittsburgh 4-2.

Last June, Julianne Ramirez of Tampa noticed 3-year-old family friend Bella Villa had stopped swimming and was sinking underwater at a backyard pool party. Ramirez, having learned CPR as a third grader in the Girl Scouts, rescued Villa from the pool and began chest compressions.

“I have two daughters and I can just really appreciate what an amazing thing she did. She’s a true hero,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez surprised Ramirez with a phone call about 25 minutes before the Yankees played the Pirates. He extended the invitation for Sunday’s game against Minnesota in Fort Myers.

“I have a little surprise for you,” Rodriguez told Ramirez from an office phone near the clubhouse. “We would like to invite you to a game tomorrow as our special guest. Would you be interested in coming down and watching us?”

Ramirez quickly said “yes” and added “thank you.”

“We’re going to make sure that it’s a very, very special day and a day you’ll never forget,” Rodriguez replied. “We’re very proud of you. It’s a remarkable story and it’s one that I shared with my teammates. I’m inspired by it and can’t wait to hear more about it, and really enjoy a great day with you tomorrow.”

Rodriguez’s call was part of the Yankees announcing the return of Hope Week for the third consecutive season, a weeklong community program that highlights inspirational stories.

The Yankees and Twins are jointly hosting a pregame ceremony to honor Ramirez at Minnesota’s spring training home. The Twins are holding their own HOPE Week in June.

From July 25-29 this year, the Yankees will recognize an individual, family or organization each day. All players, coaches and manager Joe Girardi will participate.

Many of the events will take place away from Yankee Stadium, which allows interaction with individuals in the settings of their success. HOPE Week received the President’s Volunteer Service Award last July.

Rodriguez also had an impact on the field Saturday, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning against the Pirates.

Assocaited Press photo





61 Responses to “One last road trip, and one special guest”

  1. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Good stuff.

    Remarkable little girl.

    Hope she has a great time with lot’s of memories.


  2. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Alex is gonna have a Monster season.


  3. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    kudos to julienne ramirez! a real hero!

    …and to the yankees and twins. hope week is a great program and all the mlb teams should pick up the program if they arent already doing something similar!

  4. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    “The Twins are holding their own HOPE Week in June”

    That is great news.

    And good on Alex. Be a light.

  5. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I read this story yesterday. What a quick thinking young lady! And it’s nice that she’s being recognized for this act of heroism.

    I love HOPE week. It’s incredibly inspirational. Kudos to the Twins for planning a HOPE week of their own.

    In just 4 days, there is REAL baseball. I’m excited for this season to start.

    GTLU Reminder: There WILL be GLTU (Guess the LineUp) on Opening Day, from 9 am to 11 am. For any newcomers to GTLU, if you click on my name it will bring you to the GTLU website, where you can read the rules. For old-timers, I am going to be strictly adhering to the time frame this season. There will NOT be GTLU on any weekend day.

    After Opening Day, I will be on vacation, and I don’t plan on bringing my laptop, so the next GTLU will be after I return, April 11th.

  6. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    My latest theory is that every time Alex has a Hollywood girlfriend
    he will have an MVP-type season.


  7. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Oops – Make the next day for GTLU after opening day is April 12th (it’s listed on the website).

  8. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    HOPE week is one of the best things the Yankees do all season. For all the crap Alex takes in the media I’ve always gathered that on reality he’s a pretty nice and good guy….this is a good thing he did and also a great story.

  9. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    It’s awfully quiet around here.

    Did everybody stay up too late, or have too big of a breakfast and need an instant nap ?


  10. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    MTU, I’m just listening to some Chris Smither, drinking coffee and generally feeling content.

  11. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:15 am


    With a 2 year old and a 38 weeks pregnant wife…..what’s sleep again? ;)

  12. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:19 am


    Good deal. I’ll have to give him a listen some time.


    Geez Man. Are you sure you’re not a Mormon ?

    You work fast.

    Anyway. It’s that thing that some critters do standing up.

    Kinda like the way you do. How’s your sleepwalking ?


  13. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:20 am


    I guess you can drill teeth in your sleep, huh ?


  14. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I rest at work :)

  15. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Heard a great line in a movie once, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

  16. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    If it was anyone but you Blake I would say a sleep-deprived Denist would be a very dangrous thing but since its you I know better.


  17. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    sp: dangerous. sorry.

  18. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Now a sleep-deprived Surgeon.

    That is dangerous thing.

    Same with Air-traffic controllers.


  19. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    How about a baseball-starved Fan.

    Is that dangerous ?

  20. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:33 am


    Yea I think it is.

  21. 108 stitches March 27th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    What a difference a month makes. Russell Martin was always pegged to be the No. 1 catcher and that still holds true. The Frankie Cervelli injury threw the entire plan out of whack. It was understood that Montero would have at least started the year at AAA and Romine at AA. Once Cervelli is ready to rehab, he’ll take catching time away from Montero at AAA before returning to the big team. At this point it seems that Montero and Romine will spend most if not all of the season at AAA and AA.
    What been front and center with the entire situation ? The Cervelli injury.

  22. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    More dangerous than a Grizzly in heat ?


  23. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    The only reason I’m holding out the slightest hope Montero is making the team is that Molina is sooo bad.

    If you are going to go with a craptastic BUC and you want a guy with experience where is Moeller?

    Molina making the team does not really make sense on any level.

  24. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Or a T-Rex on the prowl ?

  25. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    lgy, i checked on moeller about a week ago after i realized that jesus probably wasnt gonna make the team. moeller was cut by colorado on 3/11 and i havent found anything to indicate he’s signed anywhere since.

  26. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    More dangerous than E.R California, Ruby Tuesday, Matt, YankeesNMore, CR9, and Nurse Wratchett ?



  27. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 9:43 am


    Yeah I saw that. That’s why I don’t understand why he isn’t here instead of Imposter Molina.

  28. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:43 am


    I think it’s more about taking somebody they can dump when Cervelli returns and not really affect the 40 man. Molina isn’t any good but he can catch ok and back up Martin for a couple weeks…..then they can DFA him and bring Cervelli in until Montero is deemed ready to replace him. For whatever reason they’ve changed their tune on thinking that Montero can catch part time right now….or maybe they want his bat to heat up first, maybe they want to get the extra year of control, etc….I don’t know. I would have liked to see them take Montero ….maybe they still will but if they don’t I think those are the reasons more than Molina’s ability.

  29. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    i dont see why anybody wants montero on the team. he is clearly overmatched both behind the plate and with the bat. he is not a major league catcher at this point. and since he obviously needs alot of work behind the plate, bringing him north to ride the pines would be a real setback to his development.

  30. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    CR9 has apparently been reformed and has behaved for the most part since his return.

  31. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:46 am


    Maybe it’s because some in our audience believe he couldn’t be any worse than the cardboard cutout we’re gonna get whose name is Molina.

    Sorry. I just couldn’t resist.


  32. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 9:46 am


    Why can’t they DFA Moeller?

  33. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Ys guy….you can’t determine if a guy is overmatched with 30 spring ABs. Hes going to struggle for awhile with the bat most likely whenever it is that’s he’s called up…..

  34. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:48 am


    OK then. If you say so. let’s just remove him from the list.

    CR9 deleted. Thanks.


  35. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 9:48 am


    How many Monterey at bats have you seen this spring?

    How many innings have you watched him catch?

  36. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    i think moeller realizes there isnt much in yankeeland for him. if he signs with them, he just gets cut in a month. not that appealing even to moeller, who might well be hanging them up.

    besides…molina, moeller, who cares?

  37. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Lol. Montero not Monterey.

  38. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    According to Girardi, you’re talking 4 to 5 starts in April for the BUC. I don’t think you go out and sign Moeller for 4 to 5 starts. I also don’t think you go nuts because Molina might get those 4 to 5 starts.

  39. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am


    You were probably thinking of “the Pops”.

    Great concert.


  40. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am


    That’s a good question…..I have no idea on that one.

  41. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    When has there ever been much in Yankee land for Moeller?

    He’s turning down a major league check for a months work?

  42. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    lgy if you are going to go by what i saw, then you are really wasting your time. i’ve seen him play probably 4 games this spring, but i dont pay very close attention to ST games.

    im going by the fact that girardi and pena obviously have decided that he isnt ready. plus pretty much everyone i’ve heard talk about him, including john flaherty, suggest that he isnt ready for mlb.

  43. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:51 am


    Molina is a proverbial “cardboard Tiger”, or is that “paper”.

    Oh well. You get my drift.


  44. blake March 27th, 2011 at 9:53 am


    He could always relapse though ;)

  45. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    maybe moeller has decided to hang them up… in any case i’m not gonna waste any time worrying about chad moeller. i like the guy but what really is the difference between a young guy who really cant hold a mlb starting catcher’s job and an old guy who’s played for like 10 organizations in 5 years.

    good luck to moeller wherever he ends up, but who cares really?

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 27th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    “Nobody cares about wins and losses in ST. red sox fans are not going to lose sleep over ST losses.”

    :lol: LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a load of crap.

    If the Yankees lost their last 9 ST games, this forum would not be fit for habitation. Give me a fat break.


    Nothing like a little false bravado probably by the most skitterish posters here.

    If you don’t think Sux fans are puking over nine straight losses, continue to live in your faux dreamworld!!!!



    Just thought I’d tell ya. Hopefully today will make it ten.


    (Picture AJ Burnett spitting the bit in his ST games and this forum sitting calmly by saying nothing about it. Now picture the same thing happening to Garcia and Colon and Nova. Picture this forum calmly saying “Nobody cares about ST games.”)

    Now picture that the toothfairy will be driving your around in a limo today. Because that’s as realistic as the pretense that “nobody cares about ST games.” Yeah, ’til they happen to your team!

  47. BoJo March 27th, 2011 at 9:58 am


    Thnaks for the Chris Smither link. I like him! Good stuff.

  48. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Trisha goin’ all Gangsta’ on the Red Sox Nation.


  49. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Having Molina on the field is like getting a red card in soccer.

    The Yankee will be playing a man down.

  50. blake March 27th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Sports reporters this morning and Loopy chooses Bonds for his parting shot as he loves any chance to scold any player for PED use…….nobody cares anymore, and especially nobody cares what a guy thinks who wrote a book glorifying Sosa and Mac for their 98 home run chase.

  51. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Don’t the Yankee have a really bad spring training record right now?

  52. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    lgy, moeller would be the same.

  53. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 10:02 am


    Even assuming yours is the correct view.

    What difference does it make ?

    Last I checked you were on vacation in Jamaica Queens and GI Joe and Cash weren’t taking your calls.

    You’re just not getting thru to them.


  54. Vineyard Yankee March 27th, 2011 at 10:02 am


    How’s the weather out your way ? Been raining straight through here for days on end, Tahoe has gotten 10 plus feet of new snow since Monday.

    Just wondering if the rain here has hit you and forced you into rubber dinghies yet ?

  55. Dionysius Thelxinoe March 27th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Trisha …

    I, for one, LOVE your RS losing streak bulletins.

    They rank right up there with GB7′s ST game updates.

  56. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    i have no idea what the yankees ST record is. in fact i had yesterday’s game on the tv and have no clue who won that.

    while the board would be on fire if they had lost thier last 9, i would not care a bit. ST means nothing and while the socks should be worried about beckett, nothing else coming out of ST should get them wound up. gonzo is healthy, looks like they have the lineup they like, they are ready for the season.

    Let’s Go Yankees! (thursday that is…)

  57. MTU March 27th, 2011 at 10:08 am


    It drizzled pretty much all day yesterday.

    Our watershed is above 200 % of normal.

    Most of my fellow hikers are a bit “grouchy” about the unusual weather.

    We do need the water so I guess it’s good.

    No rubber dingy for me. I think big.

    Built myself an Ark early on.

    Good weather should arrive soon. It’s about a month behind schedule.

    Should be record runoffs and flooding in many areas this Spring.

  58. Ys Guy March 27th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    btw, the red socks are 13-17, so they won 13 of thier first 21 games.

    ….which also means nothing…

  59. BoJo March 27th, 2011 at 10:10 am


    Scarier than the 9 straight loses for Boson has been how Beckett has been pitching. as Ricky used to say to Lucy–”Becky, you got a lot of splaining to do!”

  60. 108 stitches March 27th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    All that’s known or been said is that Cervelli is now out of his boot. What’s the next “step” in the process ? How soon can he be expected back which includes getting his timing back and correct footwork behind the plate under the watchful eyes of Butch Wynegar ?

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 27th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    “Trisha …

    I, for one, LOVE your RS losing streak bulletins.

    They rank right up there with GB7?s ST game updates.”


    Because you are a cool dude. You’d have to love the rivalry to love the bulletins! And mamma mia, we obviously love that rivalry!!! YAHOO!!!!!

    And you’re a thinking person I can tell D. After all, anyone vibing in on the biggest story of ST – the Sux and their guaranteed 2011 World Championship – would be having a blast with the nine straight losses.

    Of course you have to have at least a little but of fun in your personality to appreciate the humor and irony involved in all of it…


    And my man bojo-y also has exactly that.


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